Hi! I’m Christopher Keelty, but you can call me Chris.
I’m a writer based in New York City. I write adult fiction about spaceships and monsters, future dystopian societies, and magic and elves and such. You can read some of my writing for free on the web. Sometimes I draw cartoons, too. That’s not a professional aspiration, though, it’s just something I enjoy and that people seem to like me sharing.
If you’d like to contact me directly, you can do that here or by emailing chris [at] christopherkeelty.com.
Where might you have seen Chris’s work?
I’d love to think you read one of my short stories, but if you know my name it’s probably from this Breaking Bad cartoon I drew in September 2013, which went viral and appeared on The Huffington Post, Salon, Upworthy, and a bunch of other places. You might also have seen me on YouTube or Twitter, or poking my head into some other place on the Internet.
How about some biographical facts?
For starters, I’m a bisexual man and a proud member of the LGBT (that’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community. I’m a student of politics and history, and identify alternately as progressive or liberal for a variety of reasons, but mostly a strong dedication to equality, fairness, and personal freedom. I’m an animal lover, and live with my girlfriend and two cats.
Besides writing, I’ve worked for years as a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. I started out at a couple of small zoos in eastern Pennsylvania. I have lots of good zoo stories, including the many different types of animal food I’ve eaten. Hippo food was my favorite–it tastes like bland bran flakes. In case you’re wondering, I have a nuanced view about zoos and whether animals should be kept in human captivity. Ask me sometime.
I worked for the ACLU for several years in the Pennsylvania affiliate, and I’m tremendously proud of the work I contributed to there. I’m basically a lifelong supporter of the ACLU, and given the opportunity will talk your ear off about all the good I think the organization has done. These days I work for City Harvest, a fantastic organization that rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and shares it with hungry people in New York City.
I have lived in all three largest cities in Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Allentown. I was born in upstate New York, but tend to think of Philadelphia as “where I’m from.”
Anything else you should know?
Just bear in mind this is my personal web site, and the views and opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. I do not speak here on behalf of any employer, organization, or business with which I may be affiliated. Likewise, any and all comments are the opinions solely of their authors.
I love to argue, and I love an audience. I am motivated to write when I know people are reading. So please comment. Even (especially?) if it’s to tell me how much you disagree with me.
My comments policy.
I am an uncompromising believer in free expression, debate, and dissent, and for many years my policy here was that I would never delete any non-spam comment, no matter how offensive or disagreeable. That policy changed in 2015, and I now remove comments that are violent, abusive, and/or don’t contribute to the conversation at hand. If you’d like to read more about that decision (which was tough for me) you can do so here.
Thanks for reading! I hope to hear from you.