As a journalist and novelist, Stephen P. Kiernan has published nearly four million words. His newspaper work has garnered more than forty awards — including the George Polk Award and the Scripps Howard Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment.

Author of the novels THE HUMMINGBIRD and THE CURIOSITY, and the forthcoming novel THE BAKER'S SECRET (May, 2017), he has also written two nonfiction books, LAST RIGHTS and AUTHENTIC PATRIOTISM.

Stephen was born in Newtonville, NY the sixth of seven children. A graduate of Middlebury College, he received a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has chaired the board of the Young Writers Project, served on the Vermont Legislative Committee on Pain and Palliative Care, and served on the advisory board of the New Hampshire Palliative Care Initiative.

Stephen travels the country speaking and consulting on how to expand use of hospice, palliative care and advance directives.

A performer on the guitar since he was ten years old, Stephen has recorded 3 CDs of solo instrumentals, and composed music for dance, the stage and documentary films.

He lives in Vermont with his two amazing sons.


To hear Stephen read from The Hummingbird, click here. (You'll need to be a Facebook user for the link to work)

A sample of Stephen's views on end-of-life care is available in the award winning documentary, Consider the Conversation.  To view a portion of his interview, click here

To see Stephen's TEDx talk about Authentic Patriotism (in which the 18-minute time limit caused him to speak too fast), click here

To hear Stephen read from The Curiosity before it was published, click here