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Kelly Link

34th annual Key West Literary Seminar

SHORTS: Stories, Essays, & Other Briefs
January 7–10, 2016

Kelly Link is the author of four short-story collections including Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. Her most recent collection, Get in Trouble, was named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and a “best book of the year so far” by TIME Magazine.

In their starred review of Get in Trouble, Kirkus Reviews remarked “In stories as haunting as anything the Grimm brothers could have come up with, Link gooses the mundane with meaning and enchantment borrowed from myth, urban legend, and genre fiction . . . Exquisite, cruelly wise and the opposite of reassuring, these stories linger like dreams and will leave readers looking over their shoulders for their own ghosts.”

Link’s short stories have been published in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. With Gavin J. Grant, she has 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 honors include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Link was born in Miami and currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Selected Bibliography

Get in Trouble: Stories (2015)
Magic for Beginners (2014)
Stranger Things Happen (2001)

Online Resources

Kelly Link’s website
Los Angeles Review of Books interview
Kelly Link interviewed on NPR

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