Kim O’Connell is an award-winning writer with more than 25 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, Undark, Atlas Obscura, Catapult, Al Jazeera English, PsychologyToday.com, National Geographic 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 has published fiction and poetry as well. Her essays about her family’s experience with selective mutism, a childhood anxiety disorder, have appeared in publications including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and a textbook on speech disorders. She has been a writer in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at Shenandoah and Acadia National Parks. She holds an M.A. in Historic Preservation from Goucher College and a B.A. in Literature from the University of Maryland. Her website is kimaoconnell.com.