b. 1986, HK.


My name is Kelley Barrett and I’m a first-year copywriter at the VCU Brandcenter.

I’m from Boston, but don’t get too excited—I pronounce all of my R’s and I think Mark Wahlberg is only okay.

I spent much of my childhood doing what most cool kids do: writing absurd stories alone and then putting them in my elderly neighbors’ mailboxes. The Mystery at the Museum was my debut story, which chronicled the curious case of missing bones at a dinosaur exhibit. My readers, who consisted of three senior citizens with questionable eyesight and general awareness, praised the work, unanimously noting that they never expected the culprit to be the unassuming, purple-polka-dotted Dalmatian with three prior arrests.

It was this feigned approbation, however, that led me to love storytelling and to seek out a career that allowed for me to be creative and weird. I have stopped placing things into people’s mailboxes without their permission, but the absurd stories continue.

If you’d like to contact me, feel free to call, email, or physically place something in my mailbox without my consent or knowledge.