Mary CollinsMary Collins worked for 20 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 teaches narrative nonfiction and served as Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. She has published three adult nonfiction books, five young adult nonfiction books, worked as an Artist-in-Resident for the National Park Service and written many award-winning essays.