Ken Conklin is a freelance writer born and raised in Los Angeles, now living in southwest Virginia for the past fourteen years.
He is the author of the historical fiction book, NORVEL. His book of poems, The Zen of Ken, was published in 2021. His essays have appeared extensively in the Roanoke Times as well as other publications such as the Victoria Advocate, Easy Reader, Microwave Journal, and the Sierra Club’s HPS Lookout. Ken has received several local poetry awards. In addition, technology companies contract with him to write or polish formal program reports.
Although always a writer, Ken made his living in the technology industry as a business development and general management executive. In those roles he had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He continues to provide consulting services to the industry.
Ken enjoys speaking engagements, especially when it involves the telling the story of the journey that resulted in NORVEL.
Awards and Recognition
- Finalist for the 2021 Next Generation Book Awards
Press and Media Mentions
- Norvel Lee from NORVEL: An American Hero is the subject of a Roanoke Times editorial.
- The Twelve Statues we need - Cardinal News
- Inspired by the book, NORVEL: An American Hero, The Roanoke Times proposes a historical marker recognizing Norvel Lee's legacy.
- Local author, Kenneth Conklin, preserves Botetourt hero Norvel Lee's legacy - WFXR TV
- Roanoke Times article "He was born by a river"