Erin Entrada Kelly Faculty Profile

Erin Entrada Kelly

Graduate Adjunct - CLA

Erin Entrada Kelly is the award-winning author of six books for young readers. She received the 2018 Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe, the 2017 APALA Award for The Land of Forgotten Girls, and the 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award for Blackbird Fly, among other honors. She is a New York Times bestseller whose work has been translated into several languages. Her fifth book and first fantasy, Lalani of the Distant Sea, received six starred reviews and was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Public Library, The Horn Book, Booklist, BookPage, and others. Her sixth book, We Dream of Space, is her first work of historical fiction. It’s set in January 1986, in the weeks leading to the Challenger disaster. All of her books are Junior Library Guild selections.

In 2018, Hello, Universe and You Go First were both acquired for adaptation. Hello, Universe is being adapted by Netflix, and You Go First is being adapted for the stage.

Erin has a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and liberal arts from McNeese State University and an MFA from Rosemont College. She lives in Delaware. In addition to teaching in the Hamline MFAC program, she teaches creative writing at Rosemont College and with the Gotham Writers Workshop. She is mestiza and identifies as Filipina-American. Her mother is Visayan.

We Dream of Space
HarperCollins, 2020

Lailani of the Distant Sea
HarperCollins, 2020

You Go First
HarperCollins, 2019

Hello Universe
HarperCollins, 2018

The Land of Forgotten Girls
HarperCollins, 2017

Blackbird Fly
HarperCollins, 2016