Kelly Hayes-Raitt

Kelly Hayes-Raitt
Kelly Hayes-Raitt

Kelly went to Iraq in Feb 2003 just 5 weeks before the US-led invasion and bombings. She returned a few months later to find the people who had so deeply touched her. Their stories begin her forthcoming book Living Large in Limbo: How I Found Myself Among the World’s Forgotten, a journalistic memoir about her experiences with Iraqi and Palestinian refugees.  This collection of  essays also chronicles Kelly’s volunteer work in Syria to help Iraqi refugees, her reporting from Israel and the West Bank on peace efforts, her 1982 meeting with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, and her interviews with residents of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward driven from their home by Hurricane Katrina.  A former political consultant, spokesperson and commentator, Kelly now travels while finishing her book.  She travels extensively, living either in writing colonies or housesitting abroad. She has been awarded 5 residential writing fellowships in as many years.

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