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Connie Ann Kirk is an American author. Her books cover a range of subjects including a collection of essays on motor sport history, concise biographies for students, bio-critical literary studies, and references. She has also written a fiction picture book for children. Her articles, both in print and online, address topics in literature, poetry, popular culture, history, education, art, television, science, sports, and film.

Connie Ann Kirk
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Essays, References, Children's Literature
SubjectBritish and American literature, Motor Sport, Fiction
Notable worksEmily Dickinson: A Biography
Taken By Speed
Sky Dancers

Personal lifeEdit

Kirk was born and raised in upstate New York. She received a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative writing from Binghamton University in 2003.[1]

CareerEdit

Pre-writing careerEdit

Beginning in 1986, Kirk taught part-time as an adjunct professor of English at various colleges, including at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where she taught courses in writing, English literature, and creative writing.[2]

While at Mansfield, she was one of the first members of the English department to create and teach online courses in literature and writing for the university.[3]

Published worksEdit

Among Kirk's first published books include several titles for Greenwood Press's series of concise biographies for students. One of these, which became a bestseller for the press, was a biography of British author J. K. Rowling. A reviewer at the School Library Journal wrote that "the scholarly writing style and evaluative content make this volume useful to high school students studying Rowling and her work."[4]

That book has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Estonian.

In 2004, Kirk's children's picture book -- Sky Dancers—was published by Lee & Low Books. Sky Dancers is about the Mohawk skyscraper builders in 1930s New York City and was selected by The Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education for their Best Children's Books of the Year and by Rutgers University's EconKids program as one of their "Top 5 Books on Human Resources."[5]

Kirk developed an interest in poet Emily Dickinson during her doctoral studies at Binghamton. She presented scholarly work on the poet at international academic conferences, including the 2010 Emily Dickinson International Society conference at Oxford University. In addition, several of her articles related to the poet appear in both academic journals and scholarly books.[6] Her book on Emily Dickinson grew out of her dissertation.[7]

By 2011, Kirk's curiosity about a variety of subjects in addition to literature drove her to research and write about motor sport—particularly Formula One racing history and historic/vintage motor racing. Her writing for a large website in the 2010s (now defunct) caused her to hold media credentials for the Formula One, IndyCar, and NASCAR professional racing series, as well as for various historic motor racing events, such as the Goodwood Revival in the U.K.. Her 2017 book, a collection of essays in tribute to selected fallen heroes of motor racing, arose out of that experience.

BooksEdit

Other worksEdit

In addition to her published writing in print and online, Kirk has moderated a number of online discussion groups including the Classics, Shakespeare, and Harry Potter forums for the former Barnes & Noble Book Club at BN.com. She also developed and taught a course in Emily Dickinson's life and poetry that offered continuing education credit at the former Barnes & Noble University, also at BN.com.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Connie Ann Kirk - About Connie". Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  2. ^ "Facts On File - Critical Companion to Flannery O'Connor". Facts On File. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Summer 2010 Courses". Mansfield University. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  4. ^ Simonetta, Kathleen (August 2003). "Review of J. K. Rowling: A Biography". School Library Journal. New York. 49 (8). ISSN 0362-8930. OCLC 1798621. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  5. ^ "Top Five Books on Human Resources". Rutgers University. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  6. ^ "Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) International Conference". Emily Dickinson International Society. Retrieved September 2, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Fordyce, Rachel (2005). "Dissertations of Note". Children's Literature. 33. ISSN 0092-8208.