Queer Womanist Writer. PhD. Educator. Proud Southside Chicagoan. Great Migration Offspring. Biker. Amateur Foodie with texture issues. 

i am that i am.

My Bio

M. Shelly Conner recently completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a fiction writer in the Program for Writers and is currently an instructor in the English Department at Loyola University Chicago. As a Gender and Women’s Studies scholar, Shelly has published and/or presented the following essays: Bumpin’ Uglies: (re)Presentations of Black/Female/Queer Identified Subjectivity; First Wave Feminist Struggles in Contemporary Black Motorcycle Clubs; and African American Women: Emptying the Cache of Trauma and Negotiating Memory. Additionally, Shelly’s comedic stage sketches have been produced by the Second City Training Center and the Black Ensemble Theater. She recently completed a musical stage play, Jump at de Sun, based on the life of Zora Neale Hurston. Shelly's play "Broken Fences" is featured in the 9th Annual Black Playwright's Festival hosted by the Black Ensemble Theater (April 8-13, 2014) Her short story "Passing" is published in Skin to Skin Magazine (issue 4) available for purchase http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/674612.

Shelly is the Executive Director of the start up nonprofitQuare Square Collective, Inc. for queer artists of color in the Midwest. She also hosts Quare Square, a monthly open mic for queer women of color and allies, every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Jeffery Pub (Chicago).

Shelly is currently exploring publishing options for her novel everyman.