Kelli Newby

Adjunct Instructor, English & Communications

(413) 662-5199
Mark Hopkins Hall Rm 104B


M.F.A., Bennington College, 2007

M.A., Kent State University, 2003

B.A., MCLA, 2001



Courses Taught

ENGL 270 Literary Genre: Fantasy Lit

ENGL 303 Writing Prose: Fantasy

ENGL 270 Literary Genre: Dramatic Lit

ENGL 150 College Writing II


About Me

I've been teaching at MCLA since 2003. My courses tend to be discussion-based, writing intensive, and interdisciplinary—reflecting my background as a theatre artist, novelist, scholar, and firm believer in a liberal arts education. Follow the links below to find out more about my work and my courses.

Special Projects/Activities

I'm particularly proud of my involvement with Barrington Stage Company's Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP), a program that received the Coming Up Taller award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Since 2009, I have worked as a playwright alongside local teens, helping them shape stories from their lives into short plays.

While I used to help run Main Street Stage, my forays into theatre are now more occasional. They include performing in staged reading of fellow MCLA professor Chris Newbound's play "Lunch with Amanda" (Town Players, April 2015) and being one of the five playwrights for a 24 Hour Theatre Project with WAM (2012). In conjunction with the Susan B. Anthony Women's Center, I was the head writer for "Bitches, Bimbos, and Ballbreakers," which won Event of the Year in 2009. I also serve as the faculty advisor to Yorick, the Shakespeare Club.

Research/Creative Interests

These days, I'm primarily a novelist. For the most up to date information on my books and their progress through the publishing world, follow the link to my author site,

You can also read my short story "Corpus" in the 2006 The Mind's Eye.