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Welcome Kelly Barnhill

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We are thrilled to add Kelly Barnhill, the 2017 Newbery Medal winner, to the faculty in our low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She will be starting in January 2018. Kelly brings with her a deep passion for teaching and for writing for young readers. She also brings significant achievement as a writer of middle-grade fantasy and expands our faculty resources in fiction. She will be a wonderful addition to our faculty. 

Kelly Barnhill won the Newbery Medal in 2017 for her middle-grade fantasy novel, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, which is currently on the New York Times bestseller list. Other books include The Witch’s Boy, Iron-Hearted Violet, The Mostly True Story of Jack, and the novella, The Unlicensed Magician. Her next novel, The Sugar House, will be published in 2018. 

Her novels have won the Parents Choice Gold Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Charlotte Huck Honor, and the Texas Library Association Bluebonnet Award. They have been selected for numerous Bestlists and received multiple starred reviews. Other awards include a McKnight Artist’s Fellowship in Children’s Literature and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.  Kelly also writes short stories, essays, and poetry for adults. She has taught arts education in the Minneapolis schools through the COMPAS program. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three children. Visit her website.

Welcome, Kelly!