Kelly Link

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Kelly Link
Kelly Link and Gavin Grant
Kelly Link and Gavin Grant
Born (1969-07-19) July 19, 1969 (age 53)
Miami, Florida, United States[1]
Alma materColumbia University
GenreFantasy, horror, magical realism
SpouseGavin Grant
ChildrenUrsula Annabel Link Grant.[2]

Kelly Link (born July 19, 1969) is an American editor and author of short stories.[3][4] While some of her fiction falls more clearly within genre categories, many of her stories might be described as slipstream or magic realism: a combination of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and realism. Among other honors, she has won a Hugo award, three Nebula awards, and a World Fantasy Award for her fiction, and she was one of the recipients of the 2018 MacArthur "Genius" Grant.[5]


Link is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and the MFA program of UNC Greensboro. In 1995, she attended the Clarion East Writing Workshop.

Link and husband Gavin Grant manage Small Beer Press, based in Northampton, Massachusetts. The couple's imprint of Small Beer Press for intermediate readers is called Big Mouth House. They also co-edited St. Martin's Press's Year's Best Fantasy and Horror anthology series with Ellen Datlow for five years, ending in 2008. (The couple inherited the "fantasy" side from Terri Windling in 2004.) Link also co-edits the literary magazine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet,[6] and was the slush reader for Sci Fiction, edited by Datlow.

Link taught at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina, with the Visiting Writers Series for spring semester 2006. She has taught or visited at a number of schools and workshops including Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, New Jersey; the Imagination Workshop at Cleveland State University; New England Institute of Art & Communications, Brookline, Massachusetts; Clarion East at Michigan State University; Clarion West in Seattle, Washington; and Smith College, near her home in Northampton. She has participated in the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's MFA Program for Poets & Writers.



Selected stories (award winners)[edit]

As author[edit]

  • 4 Stories (chapbook), Small Beer Press, 2000
  • Stranger Things Happen, Small Beer Press, 2001
  • Magic for Beginners, Small Beer Press, 2005, reprinted by Harcourt, 2005
  • Catskin: a swaddled zine, Jelly Ink Press, date unknown
  • Pretty Monsters: Stories, Viking Juvenile, 2008
  • The Wrong Grave, 2009
  • Get in Trouble: Stories, Random House, 2015
  • White Cat, Black Dog: Stories, Random House, 2023[9]

As editor[edit]

  • Trampoline Small Beer Press, 2003
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror volume 17– (with Ellen Datlow and Gavin J. Grant) St. Martin's Press, 2004–2008

In addition, Link and Grant have edited a semiannual small press fantasy magazine: Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (or LCRW) since 1997. An anthology, The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, was published by Del Rey Books in 2007.


  1. ^ "About Kelly". Kelly Link. Archived from the original on March 15, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  2. ^ Grant, Gavin (May 20, 2009). "Small Beer, little baby". Small Beer Press. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  3. ^ Miller, Laura (November 19, 2001). "An interview with Kelly Link". Salon. Archived from the original on March 7, 2008.
  4. ^ Miller, Laura (February 4, 2015). ""Get in Trouble": Going back inside the weird and wonderful world of Kelly Link". Salon.
  5. ^ Charles, Ron (October 4, 2018). "Short-story writer Kelly Link wins MacArthur 'genius' grant". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  6. ^ About Kelly. (2020, January 07). Retrieved July 31, 2020, from
  7. ^ "Kelly Link - MacArthur Foundation".
  8. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2011.
  9. ^ "White Cat, Black Dog by Kelly Link". Penguin Random House. Retrieved February 21, 2023.

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