Supriya is an author, illustrator, and screenwriter who grew up in the Midwest, where she learned Hindi as a child by watching three Hindi movies a week. Winner of the New Visions Award for her middle grade novel AHIMSA, (Tu Books, 2017), Supriya has worked on the writing teams for several Hindi films, including Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Eklavya: The Royal Guard, India’s entry into the 2007 Academy Awards. Supriya’s books include AHIMSA, THE MANY COLORS OF HARPREET SINGH (Sterling, 2019, illlustrated by Alea Marley), AMERICAN AS PANEER PIE, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2020, (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, 2020) STRONG AS FIRE, FIERCE AS FLAME (A Read Across America selection, Tu Books, 2020), BINDU’S BINDIS (Sterling, 2021, illustrated by Parvati Pillai), and THAT THING ABOUT BOLLYWOOD (Simon and Schuster BFYR, 2021), BROWN IS BEAUTIFUL (FSG, 2022), and MY NAME (FSG, 2023, art by Sandhya Prabhat). She is the illustrator of Jyoti Rajan Gopal’s AMERICAN DESI (Little, Brown, 2022) and Raakhee Mirchandani’s MY DIWALI LIGHT (Little, Brown, 2022). Supriya is represented by Kathleen Rushall at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and Kim Yau at Echo Lake Entertainment for film/TV rights.
How to pronounce my name:
(SU-pree-yah KEL(rhymes with “hail”, the “l” sound is a Marathi letter made by rolling your tongue to make an “rl”)-kuhr)
I love to hear from readers!
E-mail: supriya kelkar books [at] gmail [dot] com
P.O. Box 700305
Plymouth, MI. 48170
(I had to update my old author bio.)