Upcoming Readings or Events
Nuts and Bolts: Stories from New Britain Manufacturing
A Connecticut Humanities Funded Project
Professor Collins' creative nonfiction classes interviewed former workers from New Britain's heyday as a manufacturing center for the world. The students then penned short profiles and vignettes about the workers and the objects on display in the New Britain Industrial Museum at 185 Main St. in New Britain.
They learned New Britain factories outfitted the American cowboy with spurs, buckles and more, and provided ball bearings for the first lunar lander among many other contributions. CCSU design student Stephanie Nobert took amazing photographs of the objects, the people and the people's hands and combined all of it in a terrific visual/text display that is now free and open to the public.
66 W. Main St.
New Britain, CT
Downtown Visitors Center
10-4:00 pm M-F
March 14 - April 23, 2014
A collaboration of the New Britain Industrial Museum and Central Connecticut State University. Funded by the CT Humanities as part of the Connecticut at Work exhibit program, which includes the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Hartford Public Library.
Other Authors You Should Read
Books on my night table:
The Most of Nora Ephron
First Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi
Story Craft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction
University of Chicago, 2011
Writer * Professor * Public Speaker
PETRIFIED FOREST National Park Service Artists-in-Residence Project
Mary Collins and Susan McElhinney created a prose/photo profile project of people that work, volunteer and visit the Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert in Arizona. The Park plans to put the project, "Faces of the Petrified Forest," on permanent exhibit in the historic Painted Desert Inn this spring. The fuller version of the project with complete text will also be on the Park's website.
Nine Themed CT American Revolution Tours
Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen, Nathan Hale, Israel Putnam--these are just a few of the CT characters who played complex roles in the Revolution. Our tours follow carefully crafted narrative threads that tell layered stories. Visit the website and discover Google Maps (access them from your cell phone!), cue sheets, biographies and more. It's all FREE.
Sample American Idle Chapter (238.8KB)
Sample Award-Winning Essay (598.8KB)
National Geographic Books
**Twenty year career as a writer and editor in Washington, DC for a range of clients, including National Geographic, the Smithsonian and Discovery Channel
**Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction, Central Connecticut State University (2007 to present); Winner Teaching Award 2010; Director of Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
**Part-time professor at Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing Program, Washington, DC (1995-2007); Winner Teaching Award 2003; Winner Professional Achievement Award 2002; taught two graduate classes a term, ran the monthly reading series and helped oversee as many as 80 nonfiction advisees
**Veteran Guest Speaker for a range of clients, including Commencement Speaker, Boston University School of Public Health, 2010; Plenary Speaker, Annual Convention, National Center for Biking and Walking, 2010; Keynote speaker for a range of City Planning Annual Conventions and Bike/Walk advocacy groups across the country
**Workshop leader and Writing Advisor for a range of corporate clients, including town governments, insurance companies, law offices; panelist at several major writing conferences, including Cape Cod Writers Conference, Baltimore Writers Conference and the Stonecoast Program in Maine
**Award-winning book author and essayist: Winner Grand Prize for Nonfiction at the 2010 Indie Book Awards; Best Book of the Year, American Independent Writers Group, 2010; Best Essay of the Year, Amercian Independent Writers, 2009; Best Essay of the Year, American Society of Journalists and Authors, 2003; Top 10 best YA Biography of the Year on Booklist and NY Public Library, 2003 and others
Agent: Kathi Paton, Kathi Paton Literary Agency