A native of Evanston, Illinois, I've shucked oysters, worked on ranches in Montana, advocated for Latino families as a VISTA volunteer, taught writing to thousands of college students, visited thirty countries, and played hundreds of gigs with various string bands. While maintaining a full-time teaching load at Skagit Valley College and chairing the board of Explorations Academy, I've published stories in lit magazines like Black Warrior Review, Northwest Review, Third Coast, Greensboro Review, and Puerto Del Sol. The novel came about as a result of two extended stays in China serving as a professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University. I am now back in Bellingham, Washington, where I live harmoniously with my wife, Julie, and daughter, Amelia.
In the photo above I'm at Stone Forest in 2012 trying out an implement called a burden. I love the name for such a tool, the metaphor being so obvious and all, and lo "The Burden" became the title of the first chapter.
Winner of the Tobias Wolff Award in Fiction, Ted O’Connell is a writer and musician whose creative products have been featured in literary magazines, taverns, and music halls throughout the country. He plays mandolin with the Prozac Mountain Boys and guitar with The Scarlet Locomotive and has twice served as a visiting professor in China. Originally from the Chicago area, Mr. O’Connell lives in Bellingham, Washington with his wife and daughter.