Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stephanie Kuehnert  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1979 in St. Louis, Missouri

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Illinois Connection

Kuehnert and her family moved to Chicago in the 1980's. She received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stephanie Kuehnert is a trained Story Workshop Method® Instructor. She’s taught and tutored students from fifth grade through college-level, including learning disabled students, using this method. Story Workshop is a lively approach that employs word games and seeing-in-the-mind to help students at all levels discover their voices and develop compelling, effective fiction and nonfiction writing skills.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
ISBN: 1416562699

MTV Books. 2008

A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell.

The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones.

Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back. Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily?

Ballads of Suburbia
ISBN: 1439102821

MTV Books. 2009

A stunning tale of suburbia's darker underbelly by the critically acclaimed author of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, Stephanie Keuhnert.

Ballads are the kind of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. Not the clichd ones where a diva hits her dramatic high note or a rock band tones it down a couple of notches for the ladies, but the true ballads: the punk rocker or the country crooner reminding their listeners of the numerous ways to screw things up. In high school, Kara helped maintain the "Stories of Suburbia" notebook, which contained newspaper articles about bizarre, tragic events from suburbs all over America, and personal vignettes that Kara dubbed "ballads" written by her friends in Oak Park, just outside of Chicago. But Kara never wrote her own ballad. Before she could figure out what her song was about, she left town suddenly at the end of her junior year. Now, four years later, Kara returns to her hometown to face the music, needing to revisit the disastrous events that led to her leaving, in order to move on with her life.

Intensely powerful and utterly engaging, Ballads of Suburbia explores the heartbreaking moments when life changes unexpectedly, and reveals the consequences of being forced to grow up too soon.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Stephanie Kuehnert lives right outside of Chicago, but is willing to travel for school visits or do virtual classroom or library visits via Skype.