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From Wikipedia:

Kelly Link (born 1969) is an American editor and author of short stories.[3] 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.

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 was also 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.

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Frank Marcopolos lives in Austin, Texas. Hiding from the ever-present Texas sun because of a well-founded fear of skin cancer, he writes short stories and novels that have been praised by some readers, while others have been, like, "Meh." He also produces free audiobooks of public domain works on his YouTube channel. You can subscribe to that here:


  1. I remember this story. Was it ever in the Whirligig? Really enjoyed the audio and the story.looking forward to the next.

  2. […] Writing Workshop on hiatus until next month, I decided to put Part One into my podcast feed as Saturday Show #75 (Click here to listen.) Part Two will be heard on Saturday Show #76, next […]

  3. “Kelly Link’s fiction is so good it’s scary, as her lyrical voice is one of the most unique and singular in literature. Her fantastical stories are inimitable reinventions of familiar genre staples (zombies, ghosts, time travel, fairy tales, and more), filtered through a keen literary eye. The fantasy elements in her stories are always underpinned by a grave reality, be it loss of innocence, coming to grief, or family strife, but not at the expense of a story’s humor or levity. Somehow, Link’s stories capture both the familiar and the unknown, the horror and the beauty in life. I’m not quite sure how she does it.” ~ Kelly C. Shaw, on Amazon

    “Kelly Link is the absolute best writer that you’ve never heard of. Most people have no idea who she is, our bookstore doesn’t even carry her books most of the time, but I think she’s utterly brilliant, and she deserves to be better known. She deserves to win the Pulitzer as far as I’m concerned.” ~ gaimangirl, on Amazon

    “Grades of A plus (on the Steve-ometer) are given to four specific stories – Stone Animals, The Faery Handbag, The Great Divorce, and The Hortlak. These are the ones I consider as being groundbreaking, the best, the most sincere.” ~sfarmer76, on Amazon

    “Magic for Beginners has opened a wonderful and oddly unnerving set of stories I will enjoy sharing with my students over the years. Link’s stories have been described as “endearingly odd”, exactly the right description of the tone in most of these stories.” ~ Kind Reader, on Amazon

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