Kathryn Tucker Windham

Kathryn Tucker Windham began writing as one of the first female daily newspaper reporters in Alabama, and became one of America’s best-loved storytellers. She wrote more than two dozen successful books, including seven collections of “Jeffrey” ghost stories beginning in 1969. She wrote, produced, and acted in a one-woman play, narrated several television documentaries, and was a regular interviewee for national and international journalists visiting Alabama. She was one of the most popular performers at national storytelling festivals and was a featured commentator on National Public Radio and Alabama Public Radio. She died in 2011 at the age of 93. She, the book Windham was putting the finishing touches on when she died, was published in January 2012.

“Kathryn Windham is a perfectly working ‘Time Machine.’ All you have to do is get inside one of her magical stories and you can ride back through the lost decades of memory to those things so wonderfully ordinary that they define us all. Whether it be a visit with a member of her own family or a ‘ghost story’ of the strange and inexplicable, we are caught in the clear reality of her memory and land in past times and places where we still meet ourselves today. A genius of quiet reflection.”
—Donald Davis, storyteller and author of Mama Learns to Drive, and Other Stories
“She is kind of the embodiment of the region. And not just the days gone by—she says something we can all relate to today.”
—Roger Duvall, Alabama Public Radio

Books from Blair

Ernest’s Gift (NewSouth Books)

Jeffrey’s Favorite 13 Ghost Stories (NewSouth Books)

Alabama, One Big Front Porch (NewSouth Books)

Spit, Scarey Ann, and Sweat Bees: One Thing Leads to Another (NewSouth Books)

She: The Old Woman Who Took Over My Life (NewSouth Books)


For more information about Kathryn Tucker Windham, visit the Encyclopedia of Alabama online.