My name is Kelly Barnhill, and I write books. I am a former teacher, former bartender, former waitress, former activist, former park ranger, former secretary, former janitor and former church-guitar-player. The sum of these experiences have prepared me for exactly nothing – save for the telling of stories, which I have been doing quite happily for some time now.
I have received writing fellowships from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, and am a 2015 McKnight Writing Fellow in Children’s Literature. I am the author of the novels THE WITCH’S BOY, IRON HEARTED VIOLET and THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF JACK. I have also written a bunch of grownup-ish short stories of various descriptions (Literary, Speculative and Otherwise) that have appeared in a variety of venues, as well as essays, poetry, and a small collection of very strange nonfiction books for elementary students. I am also a teaching artist with COMPAS, a statewide community arts program.
I have three completely fabulous children, an astonishingly talented husband (his name is Ted Barnhill and he designs beautiful and sustainable houses – including the one I now live in – and he rules). I also teach, freelance, corral Cub Scouts, run, canoe, camp, garden, and hike into the wilderness for days and days. I also bake pie. It’s a pretty good life, actually.
I also have the great fortune to be represented by Steven Malk of Writers House, who, it must be said, is a heck of a fellow.