Kelly I. Hitchcock

Kelly I. Hitchcock is a literary fiction author, humorist, and poet in the Austin, Texas area. She is the author of three books and has published poems, short stories, and creative non-fiction works all over the country. Raised by a single father in the small town of Buffalo, Missouri, Kelly has fond memories of her poor rural upbringing in the Ozarks that strongly influence her writing and way of life. She’s a graduate of Missouri State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. She has six-year-old identical twins and a full-time job, so writing and picking up LEGO are the only other things she can devote herself to. You can find all Kelly's work at

It’s Okay If Your Thanksgiving Table Wasn’t Set By Martha

Thanksgiving was a big deal in my family growing up. It was my dad’s favorite holiday (football, food, family, yes please!). But what wasn’t a big deal in my family: dishes. We had them,...

I’m on team “November is for Thanksgiving”

October is for Halloween. December is for Christmas. And November is for Thanksgiving. Last month I walked into a kolache shop and was immediately punched in the ear by loud Christmas music. I turned to...

Ultimate Guide to Austin Kiddie Limits

After a three-year hiatus, the family-friendly arm of the Austin City Limits music festival-- Austin Kiddie Limits -- returns this October. If you’ve got a wristband for either weekend of ACL, there’s no reason...

Working Parents, We See You

Being a parent and balancing a full-time (or even a part-time) job can feel incredibly isolating, even though 71% of moms and 92% of dads work. This is especially true when you bring that...

Must-visit Bookstores in ATX

The Austin metropolitan area is home to many bookstores you can enjoy by yourself or with the family to celebrate Book Lovers Day – large and small, general and specialized, North and South and...

Packing for the Water Park

Congratulations! You’ve carved out time this summer to take your kids to the water park where everyone will have the time of their lives, then hopefully crash out early and sleep in the next...

Child-like Things YOU Should Be Doing, Too

Playwright George Bernard Shaw once said: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Luckily for us, as parents, our children present us with opportunities to play...

Why Mother’s Day is Hard

I wish I could, but I don’t ever remember a time when my mom and I were close. The same mental illness that reared its ugly head with each pregnancy and postpartum period ended...

Meet Kelly I. Hitchcock | Austin Moms 2022 Contributor

Howdy! I’m Kelly I. Hitchcock, and I’m thrilled to be joining the Austin Moms team. I grew up in a town of less than 2500 people in Southwest Missouri, and I now live in...