Corinne Hosfeld Smith

     ~ Writer ~  Speaker ~ Outdoor Educator ~


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About me

I'm a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  I have lived in central Pennsylvania, in northern Illinois, and in the North Quabbin region of western Massachusetts.  I have worked as a librarian for more than 30 years, in a variety of schools and colleges and public libraries. I got a degree in Outdoor Teacher Education along the way. I've been an independent scholar, writer, presenter, and outdoor educator since 2006. I am now based in north central Massachusetts.

My inclination to write began with weaving stories about a community of mice from my weekly spelling word lists in fifth grade, in the 1960s. When I hit high school in the 1970s, I started writing poetry. Got turned on to Henry David Thoreau by reading "Civil Disobedience" in tenth grade and Walden in twelfth, and he's been an influence in my life ever since. By the 1990s, I was writing book and video reviews. I wrote my first novel (still unpublished) in the five months following September 11, 2001. 2012 marked the release of my first book, Westward I Go Free:  Tracing Thoreau's Last Journey, by Green Frigate Books. My second, Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life and Ideas, With 21 Activities, was released by Chicago Review Press in 2016. I'm a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and The Thoreau Society. More projects are in the works.  What can I say?  I am always writing.

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