Kurt Kennedy is a writer, editor, and teacher from Kansas City, Kansas. He holds a combined MFA/MA in Fiction Writing & The Teaching of Writing from Columbia College Chicago (2013) and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2006). His record as a writer is highlighted by publication in Hair Trigger and The Journal of Need & Want, and by receiving a Follett Fellowship. His editing experience includes freelancing and interning at New Letters magazine. He has taught writing since 2004 and was nominated for Columbia's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.   

He is currently at work on Laying Lincoln Down, a novel about the days following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the funeral train journey from Washington City to Illinois, told from the vantage point of his embalmer, Harry Cattell. A graphic novel version (Dan Bauer, Artist) is forthcoming from Wicker Park Press. The success of the project to this point is due in part to assistance from the Albert P. Weisman Award.