Kelly Sundberg is the author of Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival (Harper, June 2018), a powerful memoir of how she ended up in an abusive marriage, why she stayed for as long as she did, and how she found the strength to eventually leave. Along the way, she explores her childhood in Salmon Idaho, a small, isolated mountain community, which like her marriage, was a place of deep contradictions, and a place of magical beauty riven by secret brutality. Goodbye, Sweet Girl is a story of trauma, but also of love, community and hope.
Kelly's essays have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Denver Quarterly, Slice, and others. Her essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset" was selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays 2015. Kelly has a PhD in Creative Nonfiction from Ohio University, and has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from Vermont Studio Center, A Room of Her Own Foundation, Dickinson House, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The American West was Kelly's first love, and she returns whenever she can. Her writing is heavily influenced by the landscape of the region where she grew up, and she's particularly interested in environmental writing and the uneasy relationship between people and place. She now raises her son in Appalachian Ohio - another magical, complicated place.