Stephen Kiernan

Stephen Kiernan 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. Over two-plus decades as a journalist he has won 40 awards, including the Bechner Institute's Freedom of Information Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for financial journalism (two time commentary finalist) and the George Polk Award.

He has taught at Middlebury College and the New England Young Writers Conference, and has worked on the staff of the Breadloaf School of English and the Breadloaf Writers Conference. He serves on the board of the Young Writers Project and the advisory committee of the New Hampshire Palliative Care Initiative.

In addition, Stephen travels the country speaking to varied audiences about health care, civic engagement, ethics, service learning, meaningful living, medical research, the green economy, criminal justice, race relations, the power of personal commitment, hospice, palliative care and advance directives.

Stephen has also performed on the guitar since he was ten years old. In addition to recording 3 CDs of solo instrumentals, he has composed music for dance, the stage, documentaries and TV specials. He lives in Vermont with his two amazing sons. Stephen's website:

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I have seen and heard many many speakers over the years, and Stephen Kiernan is the absolute best: funny, touching, informed, prepared, engaging.

-David Wolk President Castleton State College

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Stephen Kiernan is an excellent speaker. Concise and enlightening and oftentimes poetic, he is informative and wonderfully open to questions from the floor. He covers a complex and difficult topic which clearly provoked much reflection from the audience.

Rev. Katherine B. Arthaud, United Church of Westford Vermont

I have seen and heard many many speakers over the years, and Stephen Kiernan is one of the absolute best: funny, touching, informed, prepared, engaging.

David Wolk, President, Castleton State College

Stephen Kiernan's personal authority and gentle presence are captivating. He has the uncanny ability to make us believe not only that the state of end-of-life health care must change, but that we must be the agents of that change.

Linda Piotrowski, Pastoral Care Coordinator, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Stephen Kiernan's message is one for all of us who will face the prospect of caring for a dying family member or friend. Last Rights is a compelling examination.

Donald Schumacher, President, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization