Kelly Shortandqueer

kelly-shortandqueerKelly Shortandqueer is one of the co-founders of the Denver Zine Library (, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that boasts over 15,000 zines in the lending collection. Established in December 2003, the DZL has hosted multiple Denver Zine Fests, facilitated tons of zine-making workshops, and has championed the power of self-publishing as a powerful tool for marginalized voices. For the past decade, Kelly has been publishing the zine series “shortandqueer” (, each issue focusing on a different theme through the lens of being queer and transgender. His storytelling has been featured on The Narrators stage ( as well as through a collaboration between the Narrators and DCPA’s Off-Center at the Jones Theater, in a show titled “Lived/Re-Lived” ( . Besides writing and storytelling, Kelly is also a drag artist, performing under the name Olive de Bottom. Since being crowned Honky Tonk Queen of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs ( in 2014, he has performed at several local and national venues and is always looking for new excuses to make appearances.