Kelly Dyksterhouse is an agent at Raven Quill Literary. She grew up with a book always in her hands and a story always in her head. The important role that books played in her early years developed into a passion for children’s literature in her adult life. Kelly holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and got her start as an agent by interning and working as an editorial reader and assistant at leading literary agencies.

She considers the opportunity to help bring books into existence to be a great honor, and it is a particular joy for her to work alongside authors as they develop their project from idea to polished manuscript. The best feeling of all is when those manuscripts end up as books in the hands of children. Kelly will consider projects from picture books to young adult novels, across all genres and forms (novels in verse and graphic novels are welcome!).