Kelly Link

Elizabeth Drew Professor of English Language and Literature

Smith College

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Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters,Get in Trouble and Pulitzer Prize-finalist White Cat, Black Dog. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow and has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Her novel The Book of Love will be published by Random House in 2024.

Link was born in Miami, Florida. She owns the Easthampton independent bookstore Book Moon and currently lives with her husband and daughter, dog, and chickens in Northampton, Massachusetts.