Connie Ann Kirk
Connie Ann Kirk
|Genre||Nonfiction, Biography, Essays, References, Children's Literature|
|Subject||British and American literature, Motor Sport, Fiction|
|Notable works||Emily Dickinson: A Biography|
Taken By Speed
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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. Her book on Emily Dickinson grew out of her dissertation.
By 2011, another subject caught Kirk's curiosity when she was drawn to write about motor sport—particularly Formula One racing history and historic/vintage motor racing. Her writing for a website in the 2010s led 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 interest and work.
- Kirk, Connie Ann (2002). The Mohawks of North America. First Peoples. Minneapolis: Lerner Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-8225-4853-9.
- —— (2003). "Chapter 15 - Writing Their Way Home: American Writers and Baseball". In Rielly, Edward J (ed.). Baseball and American Culture: Across the Diamond. New York: Haworth Press. pp. 173–181. ISBN 978-0-7890-1485-6. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
- —— (2003). J. K. Rowling: A Biography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-32205-1.
- —— (2004). Emily Dickinson: A Biography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-32206-8.
- —— (2004). Mark Twain: A Biography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-33025-4.
- —— (2004). Sylvia Plath: A Biography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-33214-2.
- —— (2004). Sky Dancers. illus. by Christy Hale. New York: Lee & Low Books. ISBN 978-1-58430-162-2.
- —— (2005). Companion to American Children's Picture Books. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-32287-7.
- —— (2006). A Student's Guide to Robert Frost. Understanding Literature. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7660-2434-2.
- —— (2008). A Student's Guide to Jane Austen. Understanding Literature. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7660-2439-7.
- —— (2008). Critical Companion to Flannery O'Connor. New York: Facts on File. ISBN 978-0-8160-6417-5.
- —— (2016). Reading and Interpreting the Works of Robert Frost. Berkeley Heights, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers. ISBN 978-0766073500.
- —— (2016). Reading and Interpreting the Works of Jane Austen. Berkeley Heights, New Jersey: Enslow Publishers. ISBN 978-0766079113.
- —— (2017). Taken by Speed: Fallen Heroes of Motor Sport and Their Legacies. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 978-1442277618.
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 Unviversity, also at BN.com.
- "Connie Ann Kirk - About Connie". Retrieved April 11, 2010.
- "Facts On File - Critical Companion to Flannery O'Connor". Facts On File. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
- "Summer 2010 Courses". Mansfield University. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
- 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.
- "Top Five Books on Human Resources". Rutgers University. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
- "Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) International Conference". Emily Dickinson International Society. Retrieved September 2, 2010.[permanent dead link]
- Fordyce, Rachel (2005). "Dissertations of Note". Children's Literature. 33. ISSN 0092-8208.