is a Midwest-born, West Coast-based writer, poet, essayist, editor, small business owner, and author of the poetry collection, Somewhere On A Highway.
She has published thousands of articles culminating over 21.2+ million page views on love, relationships, empowerment, self-love, faith, education, music/culture, healthy living, identity and purpose, among others.
Donnelly is a two-time winner of the Salveson Prize in Poetry, and a 2015 winner of the Salveson Prize in Prose. She was also nominated as one of the ‘Best Female Relationship Writers of 2018.’
Her work appears both in print and online, at Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Bustle, Harness Magazine, The Mind’s Journal, Your Tango, and Lies About Parenting, as well as Iowa’s Best Emerging Poets (2018), Waldorf University’s Waldorf Literary Review, Loras College’s Catfish Creek, Clarke University’s Tenth Muse, and the Briar Cliff Review, among others.
Donnelly is currently a full-time freelance writer and editor. Previously, she was a full-time Staff Writer & Editor for Thought & Expression Company (Thought Catalog), an independent publishing house and digital magazine. Since her start in 2015, she released two essay compilations, “Fiercely Independent (Most Days),” and “Big Heart Problems,” as well as her poetry collection, Somewhere On A Highway. She also ran several social media pages, worked directly with contributing writers, and wrote sponsored content for companies such as Taco Bell, SKYY Infusions, eBay, Café Bustelo®, Blumhouse Tilt, Brita, The Cybersmile Foundation, Discover, Hampton, and the US Air Force.
Originally from suburban Chicago, Donnelly left the fast-paced city life in 2011 and ventured to small town Forest City, Iowa, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Waldorf University with a B.A. in both English and Creative Writing, and a B.S. in Secondary English Education. She also has endorsements in Reading and Coaching (K-12), and is currently licensed to teach at the secondary level. A collection of her published teaching articles and resources can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers.
She currently resides in sunny San Diego, California.
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