Maud Macrory Powell comes from a family of writers. She was born and raised in Washington, DC. She studied comparative religion in college and environmental studies in graduate school. She now lives in rural Oregon with her family, where they run an organic farm and she teaches at Oregon State University.

Maud’s debut middle grade historical novel, City of Grit and Gold was published by Allium Press in 2017. She graduated with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), where she received the Royce Reinvention Scholarship. While studying Comparative Religion at Swarthmore College for her undergrad, her passion for research and history blossomed, which has now become her focus in writing for children and young adults.