Diana Parsell



Diana Parsell is a Washington-area writer and editor with more than three decades of experience in journalism, science writing, public information and editorial project management. She's worked for National Geographic, The Washington Post, National Institutes of Health, American Association for the Advancement, and The Chronicles of Higher Education and Philanthropy, among others. After living in Jakarta in the late 1990s, she traveled regularly to Southeast Asia for a decade as a writer and editorial consultant for two nonprofit research centers.

Long active in the local literary community, she helped launch the online Washington Independent Review of Books in 2011. A skilled speaker and presenter, she has led writing and editing workshops for small groups and is a volunteer docent at the Library of Congress.

She has a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri and studied nonfiction in Johns Hopkins University's M.A. in Writing program, which named her an outstanding graduate in 2007. Other major awards have included a Council for the Advancement of Science Writing fellowship; a year-long Rotary Fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa; and a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Her current project is a nonfiction book on the trailblazing 19th-century journalist and travel writer Eliza Scidmore. Parsell was the 2012 recipient of the Mayborn Fellowship in Biography, sponsored by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McGrath Morris. In 2017 the Biographers International Organization (BIO) gave Parsell its Hazel Rowley Award for the best proposal for a first biography.

Parsell lives with her husband, Bruce, in Falls Church, Va.


For the story behind my

favorite tart recipe, visit

American Food Roots











Visit the website

of my book in progress on Eliza Scidmore,

the 19th-century

American woman

whose vision gave Washington its

cherry trees


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