Kelly Boyer Sagert is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). She has sold thousands of pieces of her writing to magazines, newspapers, online sites, encyclopedias and literary journals; she started writing online material in 1994 and copywriting in 1997. She ghost blogs for approximately one dozen companies, many with a national presence. If you’re interested in hiring Kelly as a writing mentor, or to speak at a writer’s conference or provide a presentation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Kelly received writing credits for an Emmy-Award-nominated documentary (Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story) that appeared on PBS and the same team has come together to create a documentary on the life of Ohioan Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to publicly address Congress (1870) and the first woman to run for president (1872). Her newest book was released in August, 2018: Hidden History of Lorain County (History Press, 2018). She is also booking performances for a play, Bound Together: One Great Bundle of Humanity, that tells the story of an “extraordinary person of color,” an abolitionist-poet named Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
She has traditionally published numerous books and has also contributed material to more than one dozen other books. Her books include:
- Hidden History of Lorain County (History Press, 2018)
- Grandma Gatewood: Ohio’s Legendary Hiker (Eden Valley Enterprises, 2012)
- The International City: A History of the Lorain International Festival (Lorain Public Library System, 2018)
- Everything to God in Prayer: A Writer’s Weekly Devotional (Loconeal Publishing, 2015)
- Icons of Women’s Sport (co-authored this two-book series, ABC-Clio, 2011)
- FabJob Guide to Become a Freelance Writer (e-book, FabJob, 2010)
- Flappers (Greenwood Publishing, 2010)
- FabJob Guide to Become a Fitness Club Owner (e-book, FabJob, 2009; print, 2010)
- Encyclopedia of Extreme Sports (Greenwood Publishing, 2009)
- American Popular Culture Through History: The 1970s (Greenwood Publishing, 2007)
- FabJob Guide to Become A Funeral Director (e-book, FabJob, 2005)
- All-Time Greatest Hitters: Joe Jackson (Greenwood Publishing, 2004), a look at one of the most talented — and controversial — athletes of our century
- Birth of Illumination (Lorain Public Library System, 2001)
- ‘Bout Boomerangs: America’s Silent Sport (PlantSpeak Publications, 1996), which the Australian boomerang coach called “nearly perfect”
Kelly’s play, Emma Gatewood: Are You Out Of Your Bloomin’ Mind?!, served as the basis of the Emmy-Award-nominated documentary, Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story, that appeared on PBS. She received sole writing credits. Her first commissioned play, Freedom’s Light: A Stop Along the Underground Railroad, was performed in the Cleveland area in May 2009 and was nominated for Ohio’s Governor’s Award for the Arts. Her second play Emma Gatewood: Are You Out Of Your Bloomin’ Mind?!, was first performed in August 2013. Her third play, Sisters Forever: The Burrell Family Letters, was performed in January 2014. Additional plays include one celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cleveland Metroparks System, performed in the Cleveland area. Bound Together: One Great Bundle of Humanity debuted in 2018 and a play about Victoria Woodhull is in the works.
Since February 2000, Kelly has been teaching writing online through Writer’s Digest University; through this venue, she has taught writing techniques to adults throughout the United States and in several countries around the world. She offers free monthly spiritual writing workshops to her community on the second Monday of every month, September-May at Heritage Presbyterian Church at the intersection of Rts 2 and 58 in Amherst, Ohio.
Kelly also served as managing editor of Northern Ohio’s Over the Back Fence for nearly four years (1997-2001). This magazine, which profiled the art, history, intriguing people and fascinating places along Lake Erie’s shores, was nominated by Writer’s Digest for their “Top 100 Award” in 1998 and 1999. She served as the contributing editor for the Southern Ohio edition of Over the Back Fence as well, and she also edited five trade magazines and numerous business directories, community guides and travel planners for the company.
She writes biographical and educational material for encyclopedias and other anthologies, including publications put out by Macmillan and Gale Group, Greenwood Publishing, Charles Scribner’s Sons, ME Sharpe, Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, University of Indiana Press and Facts on File.
Kelly speaks regularly on communications issues at writer’s conferences and workshops, including at the American Society of Journalists and Authors Writers Conference, held in New York City, plus those held at The Ohio State University, Youngstown State, Kent State University, Bowling Green State University and Lorain County Community College. She has spoken at Progressive Field (the Cleveland Indians stadium) and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and she appeared on an ESPN2 program called ‘The Top Five Reasons You Can’t Blame the Black Sox.’