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Kelly Wilson

My PTSD isn’t from the military.

Kelly Wilson is an author and comedian who entertains and inspires with stories of humor, healing, and hope. She is the author of Live Cheap and Free, Don’t Punch People in the Junk, and Kelly Wilson’s The Art of Seduction: Nine Easy Ways to Get Sex From Your Mate. Her latest book, Caskets From Costco, has been chosen as a finalist in the 18th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards, the 10th annual National Indie Excellence Book Awards, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest.
Kelly’s work has also been featured in a variety of anthologies (see Books to Buy for a full list) and she has published a wide range of work for both children and adults. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Feminine Collective, and Sweatpants & Coffee, among others.

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Kelly writes and speaks about finding hope in the process of recovery. She has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. She is the founder of PTSD Parent, a website and podcast that educates, supports, and inspires all people living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in their homes and families.

Through both stand-up and improv comedy, she brings laughter to audiences of all ages using a wide range of subject matter, including silly songs, parenting stories, and jokes and anecdotes revolving around mental health issues. Kelly works for Stand Up for Mental Health, where she teaches people with mental illness how to write and perform stand-up comedy. She also volunteers with her local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), presenting her story to help shatter stigma about PTSD.

Kelly Wilson currently writes for a living and lives with her Magically Delicious husband, junk-punching children, dog, cat, and stereotypical minivan in Portland, Oregon. Read more about her at

Kelly on Grit & Grace Storytelling Show

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