Writer’s Bio

Connie Kinsey

Connie Kinsey is a former military brat who has put down deep roots in a converted barn on a dirt road at the top of a hill in West Virginia.  She lives with two dogs and a cat, and is pursuing happiness, one cup of coffee at a time.

Marybelle, the memoir of her 4th-grade year during the Vietnam War won the West Virginia Writer’s Annual Contest in 2015.  It is published at Longridge Review https://longridgereview.com/connie-kinsey/

Her short story, Second Hand Smoke, also won the West Virginia Writer’s Annual Contest and was published by Golden Walkman as a podcast in September of 2019.  Connie reads her story at https://www.goldwalkmag.com/issue-64.html

Her long short story, Something Blue, was published by The Write Launch in March of 2020.  It’s available at https://thewritelaunch.com/2020/02/something-blue/

Stench, a short story, is published by Cold Mountain Review on their website (Spring-Summer 2020) and will be available in their print journal in the spring of 2021.  You can find it at https://www.coldmountainreview.org/issues/spring-summer-2020/stench-by-connie-kinsey

Her digital essay, My West Virginia Home, self-published in 2020, is available on YouTube at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3hck2Lv8_g 

Connie has also been selected three times for the Women of Appalachia Project WomenSpeak (2016-17, 2019-20, and 2021-22). She was twice honored for her spoken word prose and once for her spoken word short story. 

In January of 2021, she was named the Writer-in-Residence for the Museum of the American Military Family.  Since May of 2021, she writes for WestVirginiaVille, a digital magazine, where she also serves as Minister of Paragraphs. 

In June of 2022, she led three workshops at the West Virginia Writers Annual Summer Conference. They were:

  • Provoked to Write: the Power of the Prompt
  • Literary Citizenship and Feats of Derring-Do
  • Read, Write, Speak: the Benefits of Open Mics and Spoken Word formats

Recently, she was thrilled the Paris Review rejected her submission but asked to see more of her work. She may have the rejection carved on her tombstone.

Connie studied anthropology, philosophy, and creative writing at Marshall University.   She tells folks she has a degree in trivia.  She achieved her degree after a misspent youth and considers her tenure as a middle-aged student are some of the best years of her life. 

She has one child, a son, who is a chef.  She says she taught him everything he knows.  It’s not true, but she likes to say it.  

She works full-time with a children’s charitable nonprofit. 

She blogs now and again at http://wvfurandroot.com and is wild about comments.  You can reach her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ConnieKinseyWriter or by email at c_kinsey@frontier.com.