Kerry Madden

Kerry Madden
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
November 22
Co-Director of Creative Writing at UAB, Antioch University Mentor, MFA Low Residency Program
University of Alabama Birmingham, Antioch University Los Angeles
BIO Kerry Madden received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is the author the Smoky Mountain Trilogy published by Viking Children's Books. The books include Gentle’s Holler (2005), Louisiana's Song (2007), and Jessie’s Mountain (2008) set in the heart of Appalachia in the Smokies. Gentle's Holler received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was a New York and Chicago Public Library Pick. Her first novel, Offsides, was a New York Public Library Pick for the Teen Age in 1997. Her book, Writing Smarts, published by American Girl, is full of story sparks for young writers. Her biography, Up Close Harper Lee (Viking) made Booklist's Ten Top Biographies of 2009 for Youth. Her stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Five Points, Shenandoah, Salon, A Good Blog Is Hard To Find, and the Washington Post. She has taught creative writing at the UCLA Writers Program, Vroman's Ed, the Sewanee Young Writers Conference, Kindling Words West, and leads writing workshops for all ages across the country. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Alabama Birmingham and has recently joined Los Angeles's Antioch University's low-residency's MFA Program as Associate Faculty in Creative Nonfiction.


Kerry Madden's Links
MAY 13, 2014 6:47AM

Addiction and the Moors

I am trying to find the courage to write about addiction in our family. I am the mother of an addict. I cannot reach him. I am a writer, and my words mean nothing. They pop like useless soap bubbles. A year ago at this time we had an intervention. It… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 20, 2012 5:15PM

Hey Jude

For Sabrina and Craig and Marcelle and Isidore with all my love

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I'm writing today about Jude Mahaffy, a boy I didn't see grow up, but we attended his parents' wedding in Santa Monica and visited them in Eugene, Oregon when Jude was a baby. My husband,Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 12, 2011 2:10PM

The Day the Tornadoes Came...

 What we endured on April 27th was nothing compared to what so many suffered. I've taken my daughter, Norah, to Tuscaloosa and Alberta City to meet people, and I hope to write the story of a woman and her daughter who survived with eleven others in a storm shelter. But thisRead full post »

MARCH 20, 2011 12:17PM

2033 Miles from Home? Get Over it!

            I am homesick and I want to go home. Dare I admit it? I’m trying to shake loose the dark curtain of malaise of living 2033 miles away from my husband, Kiffen, in a two-bedroom rental apartment in Birmingham, Alabama. And it&rsqu…

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