Brian Kelly

C. Brian Kelly

Assistant Professor, General Faculty

102E Bryan Hall

Office Hours: TR 11:00-1:00
Class Schedule: TR 8:00-9:15, 9:30-10:45
CV, April 2018


Assistant Professor: Teaching as general (adjunct) faculty member of English Department, University of Virginia, Fall 1980-present. Subject: News Writing; Also, 2-3 years, (USEM) First Years’ seminar on the 19th-Century Wild West, circa 2004-2005.


Latest Publication: Proud to be a Marine. May 2, 2017  (anecdotal history of the U. S. Marine Corps, with contributions on women Marines by Ingrid Smyer-Kelly, College ‘81), Sourcebooks, Inc., Naperville, Ill., non-fiction/history; 400 pages, trade paper.


Latest Awards:

*2015 Amsterdam Book Fair, book, Best Little Stories from World War I (co-author with Ingrid Smyer}, (Sourcebooks, Inc., 2014), runner up, non-fiction category.

*2015 London Book Fair, book, Best Little Stories from World War I (co-author with Ingrid Smyer), (Sourcebooks, Inc.), runner-up, history category.


Previous Awards:

*2008 London Book Fair, book, Best little Stories from the Life and Times of Winston Churchill (co-author with Ingrid Smyer), (Sourcebooks, Inc. 2008), honorable mention, non-fiction.

*American Political Science Association, public affairs reporting, circa 1970.

*National Wildlife Federation, environmental reporting, 1976

*Washington-Baltimore American Newspaper Guild, local reporting, circa 1969.

*Scripps-Howard Foundation, environmental reporting, circa 1977

*Virginia Press Association, local column.

*American Political Science Association, 1971, $13,000 fellowship grant, for study, research on refugees escaping from behind the Iron Curtain.


Previous Publications:

*Ten nonfiction books in anecdotal historical series titled Best Little Stories from…    

(as in from the Civil War, from World War II, etc.). My World War II has been in print,  for 29 years but in greatly expanded form these days. It just went back to print in March 2018.

*Numerous articles published in magazines ranging from Reader’s Digest to Friends,

Lufthanza Air Line in-flight magazine and UVA alumni magazine. Booklet for Alderman Library and UVA English Department on the University’s 20th century writers –in-residence.  Also, bi-monthly back page “Best Little Stories” column for Military History magazine for 11 years, 1995-2005/6.

*Short fiction published in Yankee, Twilight Zone, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Cats magazines.


Past, Sometimes Overlapping Employment:


*First editor, Military History magazine, 1984-1995

*First editor, World War II magazine, 1985-1995

*Creator behind Sports History and Biblical History magazines (no longer published)

*Start-up role for Vietnam, Age of Napoleon, America’s Civil War magazines.



    *Twenty years as a newspaper reporter, for the Harrisonburg (Va.) Daily News-Record; the Richmond News-Leader; the Washington Star.

    *As stated, journalism awards from the Washington–Baltimore Newspaper Guild; Scripps -Howard; National Wildlife Federation; Virginia Press Association; the American Political Science Association (APSA), plus an APSA study grant for research on flight from behind the Iron Curtain.

    *Three times nominated for Pulitzer Prize in journalism by The Washington Star.



     *Yale university, BA in English, 1957. (Earned a 98 in Yale’s famous writing course, Daily Themes).

     *Occasional study at: James Madison University (world geography). Georgetown University (Eastern Europe history), University of Virginia (theatre production).

     *Earlier, The Hill School, Pottstown, Penna.


Outside teaching:

     *Lectured at week-long seminar on Winston Churchill jointly sponsored by the University of Virginia and Oxford University and held at Merton College, Oxford, summer of 2007 (resulting in publication of our anecdotal biography, Best Little Stories from the Life and Times of Winston Churchill, Sourcebooks, 2008) .

     *UVA adult instruction, 1980’s, 2-3 sessions, narrative writing     


Other Outside Activities:   

     *Former Vice President, Program Chair and Shakespeare Contest Coordinator, Charlottesville Branch, English-Speaking Union of the United States. (The Shakespeare reference is to an annual recitation contest for high school students sponsored by ESU branches across the nation.)


Military Service

    *Airman 3rd Class, USAF Reserves, 1958-1960; Second/then 1st Lt., Virginia Air National Guard; as such, one of two public information officers the Pentagon sent to Europe to publicize the Air National Guard’s units deployed in response to the Berlin Wall crisis of 1961.


Personal: Married to Ingrid Smyer-Kelly; seven children and 16 grandchildren between us.   (end)