Kim A. O’Connell, Adjunct Faculty

Kim A. O’Connell is an award-winning writer with more than 20 years of publishing experience. She has published articles and essays in a range of national and regional publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, Yahoo! News,,, National Parks, and American History. Although her interests are broad, she often writes about conservation, preservation, sustainability, architecture, parenting, and education. She has also written 15 nonfiction reference books for young people, and her fiction appeared recently in Little Patuxent Review. Her essays about her family’s experience with selective mutism, an anxiety disorder, have appeared in publications including the Washington Post’s Health & Science section and a textbook on speech disorders.

She has been a writing fellow in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and, in September 2015, was the first-ever writer in residence at Shenandoah National Park. She holds an M.A. in Historic Preservation from Goucher College and a B.A. in Literature from the University of Maryland.

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Kim A. O’Connell