Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly – Editor

Fastidious editor. Husband. Father. Golfer. Sports nut. Cat fancier. Harvard grad. Most interested in Fact, but comfortable with Fiction.


I am an editor with 35 years of experience — as Editor of Twin Cities and Minnesota Monthly magazines, and for 27 years as an editor and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper. I have edited numerous books (biographies, essays, histories, poetry, novels) for my colleagues and writer friends, who would be happy to recommend me. I collect — and treasure — their heartfelt Acknowledgments, which have appeared in volumes from, among others, Crown Publishing, the University of Minnesota Press, Headline Books, and Poisoned Pen Press.
Biographies & Memoirs Nature Sports & Outdoors
Humor & Comedy Mystery & Crime
English (US)

Work experience

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Jan, 1989 — Oct, 2016 (over 27 years)

When I was a general-interest features editor at the newspaper, I created and edited an every-day-of-the-year column called Bulletin Board — in which readers offered stories and commentary on everything under the sun (except politics). It became a much-loved daily conversation that continues to this day, on my blog (BBonward.com) and in the Sunday Pioneer Press.

I also edited four books of Bulletin Board stories, all published by Andrews & McMeel: “The Best of Bulletin Board: Of Simple Pleasures, Cute Kids, Dumb Customers, Kind Strangers, and Other Scenes From the Human Comedy”; “The Simple Pleasures: A Bulletin Board Collection”; “WARNING! Cute Kid Stories Ahead!”; and “Life As We Know It: Extraordinary Stories From Ordinary People (The Best of Bulletin Board Vol. 2).”

Minnesota Monthly magazine

Oct, 1986 — Jan, 1989 (over 2 years)

Editor-in-chief of a general-interest regional magazine with a literary bent (published by Minnesota Public Radio).

Twin Cities magazine

Apr, 1983 — Jan, 1986 (almost 3 years)

Co-editor and then Editor of a controlled-circulation general-interest magazine sent to high-income Twin Citians.



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Up against a ruthless and corrupt police chief, police officer Stan Kochinski discovers a conspiracy that extends beyond the chief and throughout Detroit's entire government. 12,500 first printing.
After winning a second World Championship in four years, the Boston Red Sox have finally buried the Curse of the Bambino—maybe. Sox owner Louis Kenwood is shattered to receive an extortion demand—signed by “Babe Ruth”—claiming the 2004 World Series was fixed. ... read more
The body of the Masters rules committee chairman is found floating in the pond in front of the 12th green on the morning that Sam Skarda arrives at Augusta National Golf Club to play in his first Masters. Skarda, a 37-year-old police detective on medical leave... read more
From retreats for the middle class to playgrounds for the rich, golf clubs have been sources of recreation, fellowship, and business for Minnesotans for more than a century. Minnesota’s courses have hosted some of the sport's most dramatic tournaments and lege... read more
An evocative personal narrative that takes us to some of America's least traveled corners in Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.
Most of us wish that our parents and grandparents had left more about themselves and what moved them for us to read and talk about today.In Songs of Crocus Hill, author Michael E. Murphy presents a poetry collection that focuses on memory poemscandle-lit vigne... read more
Published on the fiftieth anniversary of her seminal book, Silent Spring, here is an indelible new portrait of Rachel Carson, founder of the environmental movementShe loved the ocean and wrote three books about its mysteries, including the international bestse... read more

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