Writer Kelly Link ’91 was named one of 2018’s 25 MacArthur fellows, earning a $625,000 “genius grant” to be paid out over the next five years. Link is the author of several story collections that feature fantasy and magical realism, including Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters and Get in Trouble, which was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
Link lives in Northampton, Mass., and runs the publishing house Small Beer Press with her husband. “I did breathe an enormous sigh of relief when I thought about how I was going to pay bills next year,” Link told The Washington Post. “It allows me to keep writing the kinds of narrative that I most want to write.”