About

My name is Jackson Kuhl and I’m a writer and author. I specialize in writing about American history, biography, and news.

I’m a book author.
My first book, Samuel Smedley, Connecticut Privateer (The History Press, 2011), is a biography of the American Revolution’s most daring sea captain. I’ve spoken about pirates and privateers at bookstores, libraries, historical societies, warehouse stores, museums, and private clubs.

I’m a writer for websites, magazines, and newspapers.
I’ve written about utopian communities both real and imagined for Atlas Obscura and Electric Literature; about abandoned places for Connecticut Magazine and local newspapers like the Fairfield Minuteman and the Stamford Advocate; about the histories of coffee and Prohibition for Reason and the Revolutionary War for the Journal of the American Revolution; about bubble curtains and solar power for National Geographic’s website; about lobster rolls for the Hartford Courant and travel for the New York Post. For more than a decade I was a regular contributor to a pair of children’s magazines about archaeology and history, where I also wrote a regular column on dinosaurs.

These days I frequently contribute to the Yankee Institute for Public Policy about current events in Connecticut.

I’m a biographer.
I ghostwrite memoirs for Story Terrace, a company that publishes boutique autobiographies. After an initial consultation, I interview people at their homes, then bring their stories to life with professionally published memoirs that they and their families can treasure. If you’re interested in having me write your story, contact Story Terrace and mention my name.

I’m a web producer and editor.
I’ve worked as a freelance web producer, largely in the education space. I’ve helped build intranets for corporate training and I’ve worked for 2U, Inc. building online master’s-degree programs for dozens of leading American universities. I’m familiar with CMSs like WordPress and Vignette, and I’ve learned my way around a few proprietary systems too. I can code, edit photos, and copyedit.

I’m a published fiction writer.
My fiction, mostly set in historical times, has appeared in Black Static, Weirdbook, and numerous anthologies. My e-book collection The Dead Ride Fast (Raccoon House, 2017) collects six stories of existential dread on the haunted frontier.

If you think I’d be a good fit for a project you have in mind — or if you just want to drop me a note — contact me here.