Kerry Madden-Lunsford (Writing for Young People/Creative Nonfiction) is the author of the Maggie Valley Trilogy for children, which includes Gentle’s Holler (2005), Louisiana’s Song (2007) and Jessie’s Mountain (2008), set in the heart of the Smokies and published by Viking. Her first novel, Offsides, was a New York Public Library Pick for the Teen Age in 1997, and her book Writing Smarts is full of story sparks for young writers. Up Close Harper Lee made Booklist’s Ten Top Biographies of 2009 for Youth. Kerry is the director of Creative Writing at the University of Alabama Birmingham and has written essays and stories for the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, Shenandoah, and Carve, among others. Her latest picture book, Ernestine’s Milky Way, will be published by Random House’s Schwartz & Wade in 2019. She has recently begun telling stories at Arc Stories in Birmingham, and her live podcast stories can be found at following links: http://www.arcstories.com/listen-podcast/2017/5/17/episode-57-word-to-your-mother http://www.arcstories.com/listen-podcast/2017/12/20/episode-73-santa-letters
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