Bio :: S. Kirk Walsh



S. Kirk Walsh is a writer, editor, book reviewer, and teacher based in Austin, Texas. Recently, she completed The Elephant of Belfast, a historical novel inspired by events that took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during World War II. Walsh is now working on second novel.

Over the years, her fiction, essays, and reviews has been published in the New York Times Book Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Story Quarterly, Guernica, Longreads, Virginia Quarterly Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. She has been a resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale, and Yaddo. Each September, she leads a nine-month workshop for fiction writers working on novels and story collections (application is required & space is limited). 

Prior to moving to Austin, Texas, Walsh worked on a number of editorial staffs of different national magazines, including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Self, and Entertainment Weekly. She also worked as a marketing writer for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In the city, she attended the creative writing program at New York University, where she studied with E. L. Doctorow, Peter Carey, and Mona Simpson. During the past eight years, Walsh has served as a screener for MFA program at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. In addition, she has served on the selection committee for prose applications for Yaddo. 

Walsh offers a range of editing services for nonfiction and fiction projects—from ghostwriting to editorial letters. Her clients have been published with HarperCollins, Ecco, University of Texas Press, LSU Press, among others. She is the founder of Austin Bat Cave, a writing & tutoring center for kids. American Short Fiction awarded her an honor of extraordinary service in the literary community in 2018.

Photo: S. Kirk Walsh (left) & her sister, Ami E. Walsh (a writer, too), taken in Marfa, Texas. (They enjoy doing many things together, including running. Click on the Instagram icon below to follow Kirk’s #morning #run photos.)


Above Photograph: John Baird.