BIO/CONTACT

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The informal, first person tale:

I am a columnist for the Kansas City Star, a freelance writer and one half of The History Chicks podcast and website team. My cute but small house, where I jostle for space with my husband and three children, is in a rural suburb of Kansas City (Missouri). Whenever I can escape the Midwest I flee to the New England seashore where I was raised and where, mysteriously, I become a mermaid.

Ish.

The three phases on my life: Connecticut raised, Southern Educated and Midwest transplanted. In my former versions I  held so many part-time jobs that I I lost track, was a Special Events Planner, and managed portrait studios. I ditched the cushy (hahahahano) corporate world for a cushy (again…no) Stay-at-home Mom gig when my first child was born. When I tired of writing only PE excuses and grocery lists, I began blogging in 2009 for both myself (first blog home) and a now defunct website- mom2momKC.  (I didn’t break it, I swear!) I got down to business a couple years later with both the beginning of my column and the podcast with Beckett Graham.

In my free time (I can’t even type that with a straight face) I obsessively garden, read and binge chick-flicks and Doctor Who with my teenage daughter. I can frequently be seen cheering for my sporty sons although I know little about the rules of their sports. Bragging rights include: baking damn fine cakes, tastefully working lawn flamingos into landscape design, successfully avoiding PTO meetings for 13 years (and counting), turning a cocktail into a meal, and striking-up awkward small talk with anyone. Any. One.

 

The formal, third-person version:

Susan is currently a columnist for the Kansas City Star, a freelance writer and one half of The History Chicks podcast and website team.  She received her bachelors degree in Communications from Loyola University, New Orleans, and has had careers as both a Special Event Planner and in Photography Studio Management.

A lifelong reader and hobby writer, Susan began blogging for herself, and on a parenting website and community –Mom2Momkc.com– in 2009. Within two years she began her slice-of-life column in The Kansas City Star as well as co-hosting and co-writing The History Chicks Podcast with Beckett Graham. The positively reviewed podcast has been described as, “historically based girl talk” but is more formally recognized as the #1 Women’s History podcast available. It has been a finalist for five consecutive Podcast Awards and has a world-wide listenership.

Born and raised in New England, Susan now lives in a sweet, small Midwestern town outside of Kansas City, Missouri with her husband, three children and no pets. At all. Because of this Susan and her husband have earned the title, Meanest Parents Ever. She enjoys gardening and baking as well as teaching her kids to cook and set a proper table although they eat on TV trays half the time.

Susan is available to talk writing and dead..er, historical women to local organizations and classrooms from grade school to wine levels.

Contact: SVOLLENWEIDER(at)GMAIL(dot)COM

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5 thoughts on “BIO/CONTACT

  1. I miss your column and the entire 816 section of the KC Star. Is the 816 section no longer being printed? Was out of town for 3 weeks and it was gone when I returned.

    • The 816 still exists, maybe it’s your carrier? It’s in the Wednesday paper. Although I do (usually) link each article up on this site under the COLUMNS tab. Usually. 🙂

  2. Love hearing you on the History Chicks Susan! My favourite podcast at the moment 🙂 I feel like I’m there in the living room having a laugh and interesting chat with you ladies. Keep it up! Jess x

  3. Love hearing you on the History Chicks Susan! My favourite podcast at the moment 🙂 I feel like I’m there in the living room having a laugh and interesting chat with you ladies. Keep it up! Jess x

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