Kerry Madden
Kerry Madden-Lunsford
About Kerry


Kerry Madden is the author of the Appalachian Maggie Valley Trilogy: Gentle’s HollerLouisiana’s Song, and Jessie’s Mountain (all Viking). Her other books include Offsides (Morrow) a 1997 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age selection and republished by Foreverland Press in 2014, Writing Smarts, (American Girl) which helps kids craft their own stories and poetry, and Nothing Fancy About Kathryn & Charlie, (Mockingbird Publishing) about a Selma, Alabama friendship between a storyteller and a folk artist. Kerry is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Alabama Birmingham and also teaches at Antioch University in Los Angeles and at the Sewanee Young Writers Conference in Tennessee. The mother of three grown children, she divides her time between Birmingham and Los Angeles. 

Kerry is working on several new picture books, including: “Georgia Ivy and the Old Pump Organ,” Ernestine’s Milky Way,” “All Bees Home For Christmas,” “No Licky Chops,” and “Who Will Squeeze Olive?” 

She is currently editing her new novel for adults, HOP THE POND, and working on her new novel for children, ARE YOU THERE VULCAN?  IT’S ME, MILLIE GRACIELLA.

Kerry was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure of Creative Writing at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Kerry has been the Editor-in-Chief of PoemMemoirStory at UAB since 2009

Kerry was awarded a sabbatical at the University of Alabama Birmingham for the winter/spring of 2016.

Kerry has been accepted into Jane Yolen’s Picture Book Intensive in Massachusetts in September of 2015.

Essays and Interviews

Read Kerry’s new essays with Los Angeles Times from 2014 and 2015 that went into national syndication.

LA Times Op-Ed: “When drug addiction conquers all”

LA Times Op-Ed: “Harper Lee’s Maycomb: The thrill is back”

LA Times Op-Ed “Parents, too, could use a break on student loan debt”

Lunch Ticket. Interview by Lisa Trahan (2015)

Lanier Scot Isom: Interview with Author Kerry Madden (2013)

Kerry’s interview on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley:


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