Member Profile

Please note: All profiles are member-generated.

Kelly Watt

Kelly Watt

Photo: Hamilton, ON

Kelly's short works have won an Honourable Mention in the Grit Lit Memoir Contest (2019), and been longlisted in CBC Radio's Short Fiction Contest twice (2017/2015); as well as CBC's Non-Fiction Contest (2019) and shortlisted for the Gloria Vanderbilt Short Fiction Contest (2012). She won first prize in the Dandelion Short Fiction Contest (1991). Her poetry and short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Doorways and Thresholds Anthology, by Overneath Books, U.K., Hamilton Stone Review, US, The Broken Plate, DAP: The Diverse Arts Project, SOL: English Writing in Mexico and The Malahat Review. Her work has been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories, CVC Book 2 by Exile Editions and She Writes. She has published two books--the gothic novel Mad Dog (20019/2001) which was a Globe and Mail notable book, and the mini travel companion Camino Meditations (2014).  She currently lives in the Ontario countryside with her husband, a miniature schnauzer and three diligent chickens, where she writes full time. 

Hamilton, Ontario


Camino Meditations, non-fiction. Hamilton Stone Editions, 2014
Mad Dog, Novel. Doubleday Canada Ltd., 2001, paperback 2002
Mad Dog, reviled U.S. edition. Hamilton Stone Editions, 2019


The Things My Dead Mother Says, Short Story Shortlist for Exile Editions CVC Anthology, 2012
Rodeo Ford, First Prize for Short Story for Dandelion Magazine, 1991
The Fall of the High Flyers, longlist CBC Short Story Prize, 2017
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

A highly inspirational presenter, Kelly loves to speak about her experience walking the El Camino de Santiago in 2008. Struggling with addiction, Kelly walked for seven weeks while practicing meditation techniques with a group of other meditators, she nicknamed her Turtle Tribe. The lessons she learned while on the Camino and the meditation techniques she used are outlined in her mini travel companion: Camino Meditations. Kelly has been meditating since she was 18 years old and ended out in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal. She is a certified meditation teacher through Samagra Path of Hamilton, ON. For several years, she led free mindful walks on The Bruce Trail in Dundas, Ontario in the spring and fall. She believes children respond particularly well to meditation combined with physical activity.


Presentation Length:
60 min.
Walking Meditation
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Additionally, Kelly has been accredited to run writing circles for youth and adults through the  Writers' College of Durham Region, WCDR. Having taught short story workshops at the University of Toronto's Continuing Studies Program, Kelly enjoys leading writing circles for young people, encouraging them to find their voice and write from the heart. Her sessions are fun and interactive, using visual, auditory and tactile writing prompts to help students explore story and find their own voice.