Valerie Battle Kienzle


Valerie Battle Kienzle is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri. She spent the last thirty-five years employed in various writing-related positions–newspaper reporter, corporate public affairs manager, advertising account representative, school district communications writer, freelance writer and author. She has written two books for Arcadia Publishing: St. Charles (2012) and Columbia (2014); and one book for Reedy Press: What’s With St. Louis? (2016). Valerie is a member of the Missouri Writers Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), the State Historical Society of Missouri and the St. Charles (MO) County Historical Society. Her interests include reading (history, non-fiction), music (all genres), gardening, travel and genealogical research. An animal lover, she and her husband share their St. Louis-area home with a dog and a cat.


Find out more about St. Louis’ past as not only a major shoe manufacturer but also a leader in the clothing industry. Author Valerie Battle Kienzle, author of “Ready to Wear: A History of the Footwear and Garment Industries in

A recent Reedy Press release, Ready to Wear, is not only showcasing how fashion has been woven into the fabric of St. Louis but also doing its part to support St. Louis’ fashion future.


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