Nicholas O'Connell

Fiction Writer

Seattle, WA
Washington US

Author's Bio

Nicholas O’Connell, M.F.A, Ph.D., is the author of The Storms of Denali (University of Alaska Press, 2012), On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature (University of Washington Press, 2003), At the Field’s End: Interviews with 22 Pacific Northwest Writers (University of Washington Press Press, 1998), Contemporary Ecofiction (Charles Scribner’s, 1996) and Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers (Mountaineers, 1993). He has contributed to Newsweek, Gourmet, Saveur, Outside, GO, National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sierra, The Wine Spectator, Commonweal, Image  and many other places. He is the publisher/editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review and the founder of the online and Seattle-based writing program,


Publications & Prizes

On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature (University of Washington Press, 2003)
At the Field's End: Interviews with 22 Pacific Northwest Writers (University of Washington Press, 1998)
Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers (Mountaineers Books, 1993)
Prizes won: 

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, The Washington Governor's Award, First Place in Travel Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Michael Pollan, James Salter, Flannery O'Connor, Bill Bryson, Paul Theroux, William Shakespeare, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Barry Lopez, Ursula LeGuin.
What I'm reading now: 
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Irish American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Naturalists/Environmentalists
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Seattle, WA
Raised in: 
Seattle, WA
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Last update: Apr 03, 2020