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Bio

Erin Entrada Kelly was raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but now lives in the Philadelphia area. Her debut novel, Blackbird Fly, received three starred reviews and was named a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection, 2015 SIBA Best Book of the South, and finalist for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Blackbird Fly was also nominated for the ALA Notable Children’s Book Award, earned an Asia Pacific Librarians Association Honor Award for Literature, and received the Golden Kite Honor Award. Kirkus, School Library Journal, and the Center for Multicultural Literature all named Blackbird Fly one of the best books of 2015.

Her second novel, The Land of Forgotten Girls, was named one of the best contemporary books of the year and one of the top 10 multicultural books of 2016 by BooklistThe Land of Forgotten Girls earned three starred reviews, was a 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection, and earned the Parents Choice Foundation Gold Award for Fiction.

Erin’s third novel, Hello, Universe (March 2017), earned five starred reviews.

Erin is also a short story writer. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. She has an MFA in creative writing from Rosemont College.

Erin is mestiza and identifies as Filipina-American. Her mother is Visayan and lives in Cebu, which is why many of Erin’s Filipino characters speak Cebuano rather than Tagalog.

Books

Blackbird Fly (March 2015)

The Land of Forgotten Girls (March 2016)

Hello, Universe (March 2017)

Her Name was Fidela: Selected Stories

Selected Short Stories

The Legend of Fidela Panganiban, Story Philippines

Magda the American, Asians in America Magazine

The Gentle Death of Carmelita Bagalayos, Kartika Review

The Ornish Drive Chicken HouseJohnny America

The Saint of Good Deeds, Audience Literary Journal

Susanna Buys a Vowel, Fiction Weekly

The Naming of Cats, The Philippines Free Press

The Stacking of Books in 4 Movements, Short Story Library

The Iron Horse, Keyhole Magazine

Peg Pendarvis Sews a SnapThe Dead Mule 

Consuella Faces the Jungle Snake, Kyoto Journal

The Confessionals, Swamp Lily Review

ShhhThe Drum

124 was Spiteful, Menacing Hedge

The Birthing of Alice, Danse Macabre

Josephine March Sighs With You, Adroit Journal

Sound No Trumpet, The Dead Mule 

Girl at a Red Door, Mulberry Fork Review

Magda the American (reprint), Tayo Special Issue

Selected Flash Fiction

Molly Baker Does a Round Off, Boston Literary Magazine

The Village Birds, Every Day Fiction

A Certain Patch of Grass, Every Day Fiction

Gilbert Makes a ListMonkeybicycle

Hiding Places, Fiction Weekly

Manuel Santo Earns Fifty Cents, Cha

Owen and the Colony, Fiction at Work

Morris Sees a Furrier: A Love Story, Keyhole

Pluck Pluck, Keyhole Digest

Empty Pockets, Writers Bloc

Common Fishes, All Things Girl

Helen Went Beep, Stupefying Stories

Roommate Wanted: Non-Smoker, Treehouse

She had the Spirit of a Hummingbird, Short Fast & Deadly

Vine Street, Johnny America

Sparrow on the White Space, Gravel Literary