Mary CollinsMary Collins worked for 25 years as a freelance writer and editor in Washington, D.C. for a range of clients, including National Geographic and the Smithsonian, and taught part-time at Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program. She returned to her native Connecticut in 2007 for a tenured position at Central Connecticut State University, where she is a Professor of Narrative Nonfiction, Program Coordinator for the Writing Minors and the recipient of the CCSU Teaching Award. She also teaches writing workshops for the Yale Summer Writing Program. She has published four adult nonfiction books, five young adult nonfiction books, many award-winning essays and features and recently launched The Bronzed Project.