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Gatekeeping, a memoir


At age 18, misdiagnosed and overmedicated, Kelly begins to recover from her mental anguish when she leaves her home in Kansas City. While mourning her departure from the Midwest, she finds herself in farflung places from Budapest to Amman to Washington, DC. Learning new languages and searching for truth, she prepares to take on the gatekeepers of power — power over others, and particularly over herself.

© 2022  Kelly C Flanagan. Private printing for MFA completion.

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Kelly C Flanagan earned an MA in International Relations & International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied conflict and the Middle East. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Kelly’s essays have appeared in Welter, MUSE, Brink, and Consequence.


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