Irene Keliher’s first opera libretto, A Way Home, was premiered by Houston Grand Opera in 2010. Keliher writes short stories and essays, has just completed a novel, and has published in several literary magazines, among them the New Ohio Review, Quarterly West, the Bellingham Review, and the Mississippi Review. She has been a teaching artist with Writers in the Schools for six years, teaches college-level composition, and is a 2012 Made At Hugo House writer. She has received grants and fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance, Inprint, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. Awards include the 2010 Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction and the 2009 Potomac Review Fiction Award, and she placed twice in the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest.