Stephen Kiernan is an award-winning journalist who spent 14 years as a reporter, columnist and editor with The Burlington Free Press. He graduated from Middlebury College, and has masters degrees from the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Middlebury College, and the New England Young Writers' Conference, and worked on the staff of the Breadloaf School of English and the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. He now writes for The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and several national magazines, and in 2006 St. Martin's Press in NY published his book Last Rights -- Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System. Stephen also plays the guitar, has released three CDs of solo instrumental pieces, and has composed for dance, theater and several television specials broadcast worldwide. He lives in Charlotte with his two sons.