I am Alice Lesch Kelly, an award-winning health writer, book collaborator, journalist, and custom content creator.
I have published more than 200 articles in over 50 magazines and newspapers, as well as seven consumer health books. I also create online content for a variety of websites and custom marketing content for corporate clients.
One of my most memorable assignments gave me an opportunity to witness a home birth and write about it in BabyTalk magazine.
Previously I was a senior editor for health and nutrition at Walking, a national women’s health and fitness magazine owned by Reader’s Digest and based in Boston. Earlier in my career I worked as a daily newspaper reporter, a copy editor for a large technology magazine, and a writer for a national children’s newspaper.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University. I teach undergraduate creative nonfiction writing at Emerson College in Boston.
I am a member of ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors), AMWA (American Medical Writers Association), and AHCJ (Association of Healthcare Journalists). I am a contributing writer for Fit Pregnancy magazine and iVillage.com.
My work has won several awards, including Maggie Awards for excellence in magazine writing, American Medical Writers Association awards for outstanding medical communication, and a National Health Information Gold Award. A series of articles I wrote about perimenopause for MORE magazine was nominated for a National Magazine Award.
My hobbies include drawing still-lifes (mostly of fruits, vegetables, and flowers), baking incredibly rich chocolate desserts, watching my sons play baseball, drinking wine with friends on summer evenings, going to Red Sox games, hiking in Utah, and traveling to (or thinking about) tropical islands with palm trees, blue skies, and sandy white beaches.
I also enjoy writing fiction. One of my short stories, “Good Girl,” appears in the Winter 2013 issue of the literary journal The Quotable (available in print and online). My blog about the story appears on the journal’s website.
A native of Staten Island, New York, I now live in the Boston area with my husband, my two teen-age sons, and a crazy Puerto Rican rescue dog named Samantha. My husband, David A. Kelly, is the author of several children’s books, including the popular Ballpark Mysteries series published by Random House.