Kelly Peach has spent her career stringing words into stories. For 32 years, she has written and produced for news, advertising, nonprofit, videos, public relations and more. Kelly won an Emmy in 2002 for producing a local prime time TV special. For 14 years, she has devoted her writing talents to the mission to solve homelessness at St. Patrick Center, where she is Senior Director of Communications.
Kelly lives in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. The Kitchen Bowl Gang is her first children’s book. She has written two Elvis novels: Waking Up in Graceland and Amazing Grace (sequel).
About the illustrator (of The Kitchen Bowl Gang)
Mary Rae Stevens Reese’s artistic abilities began more than 65 years ago, when she designed the neighborhood’s best collection of paper dolls and fashions. The daughter of commercial artist John Stevens later became a nurse, wife, mother of four (including author Kelly Peach) and social worker. Her art expanded to sewing in the 1960s, and oil painting and ceramics in the 1970s. When she spent winters in South Texas in the 2000s, she took lessons in pastels, pen and ink, and watercolor—techniques she combined to illustrate this book.
Mary Rae lives in her hometown of St. Louis with husband of 28 years, Bob Reese. They are blended parents to eight, grandparents to 17 and great-grandparents to one and counting.