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Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill

Writer in Residence

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Kelly Barnhill

Biography

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 Best lists 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. www.kellybarnhill.wordpress.com

Publications

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories
Algonquin Young Readers

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Algonquin Young Readers

Iron Hearted Violet

Little Brown

The Unlicensed Magician
PS Publishing

The Witch’s Boy
Algonquin Young Readers

The Mostly True Story of Jack
Little Brown




Faculty Accomplishments

  • Kelly Barnhill Dreadful 250

    MFAC faculty and 2017 Newbery Medal-winning author Kelly Barnhill’s collection of short stories and a novella, Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, is out now from Algonquin Books.

  • Kelly Barnhill 250

    The CWP is thrilled to add Kelly Barnhill, 2017 Newbery Medal winner for The Girl Who Drank the Moon, to the faculty in our low-res MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She will be starting in January 2018.