About Margot

Margot Anne Kelley writes essays and full-length works of nonfiction. She received her BA at the College of the Holy Cross, an MA and PhD in American literature at Indiana University, and an MFA in media and performing arts at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. During a long career in academia, she taught expository writing, literature, photography, and aesthetic theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels, before becoming Editor-in-Chief of The Maine Review from 2016 to 2019.

Her books include A Gardender at the End of the World, Foodtopia: Communities in Pursuit of Peace, Love, & Homegrown Food, The Meadow (with Barbara Bosworth), A Field Guide to Other People’s Trees, The Things about the Wind, and Local Treasures: Geocaching Across America. Her essays have appeared in publications including Fourth Genre, Terrain.org, Blue Lyra Review, Fourth River, The Catch, and others. Her visual art projects have appeared in galleries throughout the United States, among them AXIOM Gallery (MA), the Berman Museum of Art (PA), the Center for Creative Photography (AZ), Copley Society of Art (MA), Sam Lee Gallery (CA), and the SOIL Cooperative Art Gallery (WA).

She lives in Port Clyde, Maine.

Follow her on Instagram: @margotannekelley

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Programs & Projects
I’m Interested In

American Farmland Trust

American Farmland Trust launched the conservation agriculture movement and has been bringing agriculture and the environment together since 1980. We take a holistic approach to farmland and ranchland, protecting it from development, promoting environmentally sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on it. Agriculture offers the most promising solutions in our fight against climate change—but only when we support farming can it fulfill its promise to feed us and heal our planet.

Maine Farmland Trust

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide organization that protects farmland, supports farmers, and advances the future of farming. Our goal is to protect Maine farmland and to revitalize Maine’s rural landscape by keeping agricultural lands working and helping farmers and communities thrive.

MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. MOFGA is a broad-based community that educates about and advocates for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.

National Young Farmers Coalition

We shift power and change policy to equitably resource our new generation of working farmers. We envision a just future where farming is free of racial violence, accessible to communities, oriented towards environmental well-being, and concerned with health over profit.

Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

MWPA brings together Maine writers, editors, publishers, and literary professionals to sharpen their craft, create community, celebrate great writing, and lift the state’s literary culture.