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.
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 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 twice for the Women of Appalachia Project WomenSpeak (2016-17 and 2019-20) once for her spoken word prose poem 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. She writes for WestVirginiaVille, a digital magazine, where she also serves as Minister of Paragraphs. Most recently, she was thrilled the Paris Review rejected her submission but asked to see more of her work.
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 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.