About Erin

Erin Entrada Kelly 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. She is a New York Times bestseller whose work has been translated into several languages. Netflix is currently in the process of adapting Hello, Universe into a feature film.

Erin was raised in Louisiana, but now lives in Delaware, near Philadelphia. She is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College, where she earned her MFA. 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.

Erin has a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and liberal arts from McNeese State University and an MFA in creative writing from Rosemont.

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. You can contact Erin. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can also learn more by visiting Frequently Asked Questions.


  • Birthday: September 5, 1977
  • Sign: Virgo
  • Favorite Word: Peculiar
  • Favorite Season: Winter
  • Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff
  • Pronoun: She/Her
  • Pet: Marlowe the Gentleman Mutt*
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Second Favorite Color: Yellow
  • Favorite Book: The One and Only Ivan
  • Second Favorite Book: When You Reach Me
  • Pet Peeve: Mean People
  • Favorite Kind of Movies: Scary
  • Favorite Scary Movie: Poltergeist
  • Favorite Part of School Visits: Q&A
  • Favorite Beatle: George
  • Favorite Snack: Peanut Butter
  • Favorite Drink: Coffee
  • Second Favorite Drink: Diet Pepsi
  • Favorite Sports Team: Philadelphia Eagles

* This is Marlowe, the gentleman mutt. He is considered a “gentleman mutt” because he is a mutt and a gentleman. He only barks when he has to. He eats treats delicately. He never whines. And, most importantly, he wears a bowtie.