My name is Keene Short, or JK. I am a writer and academic in Moscow, Idaho, where I am currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing. Previously, I received an MA in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and two BA degrees in English and History at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where I grew up in the woods and deserts.
As an emerging writer, I focus on short form prose, poetry, and plays; I showcase examples of my work here. As an amateur historian, I enjoy lengthy, spirited discussions about remembrance and commemoration; I focus on twentieth century conflict and culture. My interests and skills vary widely, ranging from history to cooking to poetry to photography. Please feel free to explore my work here. (I also exist on Twitter sometimes as @preachykeene. But only sometimes).
“Faking It” (Nonfiction Essay) in Split Lip Magazine
“The Next Best Thing” (Short Story) in Prism Review, Issue 20
“Spring Gift” (Poem) in Arizona’s Best Emerging Poets, Z Publishing House
“Scouting Locations” (Short Story) in Waxwing XIII
“Fatherhood” and “Portrait of the City as a Love Story” (Poems) in NEAT, Summer 2015
“Connecting the Dots” (Creative Nonfiction), Away Fall 2015
“The Real Deal” (Ten-Minute Play), 2015 NAPS Contest
“Dublin” (Poem), Burning Literary Journal, Fall 2014