About the Author and Illustrator


After earning a journalism degree from the University of Illinois in 1979, Kurt spent his career in editorial and production of newspapers and magazines, in corporate communications and media relations, and as an award-winning local columnist. He helped raise his two sons in Geneva, Illinois, where he had grown up (and where he forged a lifelong friendship with Kathryn’s father, Rick Nagel). He is now semiretired and residing with his wife Paige in Santa Rosa, California – where he looks forward to reading Cumie’s story to their five grandchildren.

Contact the author: 630-461-2715


A graduate of the Northern Illinois University School of Art and Design, Kathryn is a freelance artist and children’s book illustrator from Geneva, Illinois. “Cumie” is her first children’s book. Among other projects, she is presently writing and illustrating “Expressionisms,” a book of fun and funny characters created through delightful twists of common English idioms.