Kathleen L. Housley is the author of eleven acclaimed books, ranging from women’s history to materials science. She has written for numerous national journals, including the Christian Century and Image. She is also a freelance writer and editor.
Poetry and Essays: In her two books of poetry, Firmament (Higganum Hill Books 2007) and Epiphanies (Wising Up Press 2013), Housley explores the borderlands between science and religion. Her poems have been compared to iron filings between two magnets, revealing lines of force that are both scientifically complex and beautifully simple. Likewise, her essays Keys to the Kingdom: Reflections on Music and the Mind exist in the borderlands between science and art.
As Image’s Artist of the Month in 2007, Housley was described as:
… a sort of Dian Fossey of human language. In pursuit of its mysteries, she has gone out in language’s dark, misty forest and lived among it like a conservation biologist, with her clipboard and binoculars. To our great benefit, Housley is a passionate, meticulous student. In her poems, one encounters a keen, sprightly intellect at play—but there is an unshakeable seriousness, too, a pure, clear, earnest desire for precision … Birds, animals, reptiles, humans: the poems offer a taxonomy of creation that is at once tender and wise, and a care for the life and nuance of speech that is both urgent and long-sighted. Like all the best poets, Housley is what Fossey might have called an “active conservationist "of the word.
Materials Science: For fifteen years, Housley was editor of Titanium News published by Sims Metal Management Aerospace, Hartford. She is the author of the book Black Sand: The History of Titanium. She is co-author with M. A. Imam, and F. H. Froes of the article “Titanium and Titanium Alloys” in the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology (John Wiley, Inc.) 2010 edition.
Science in General: Housley is the author of The Scientific World of Karl-Friedrich Bonhoeffer: the Entanglement of Science, Religion, and Politics in Nazi Germany, published by Palgrave Macmillan, an imprint of Springer Nature, in 2018. About the book, Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, wrote "Add this book to the canon of essential works on science and morality."
She is also the author of Stone Breaker: The Poet James Gates Percival and the Beginning of Geology in New England published in 2023 by Wesleyan University Press. It was selected for the Driftless Connecticut Series, which is given for an outstanding book in any field on a Connecticut topic or written by a Connecticut author. Mott T. Greene, author Geology in the Nineteenth Century wrote about Stone Breaker, "This elegantly written biography of the early nineteenth century American poet and philologist James Gates Percival reveals him to have been one of America's greatest (and most forgotten!) field geologists. A fascinating story, rich in scientific and personal detail."
Art History: Housley has published articles on women artists and collectors in Woman’s Art Journal. She is the author of Emily Hall Tremaine: Collector on the Cusp and Tranquil Power: The Art and Life of Perle Fine. She has also published a series of poems, The Art of Science, the Science of Art, in which she delves into the mind of Leonardo da Vinci.
Online essays and poetry:
Daring to Do the Good: The Knight and the Theologian, Image (Summer 2016) www.imagejournal.org
University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, 1998 Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 2002 Pollock Krasner House, The Springs, Long Island, 2004 Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 2006 International Titanium Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2007 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 2009 Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana, 2012
Award of Merit, Connecticut League of Historical Societies, 1993, The Letter Kills But the Spirit Gives Life Finalist, Library of Congress/Connecticut Center for the Book 2002, Emily Hall Tremaine: Collector on the Cusp Tranquil Power: The Art and Life of Perle Fine, rated “2005 Best Academic Title” by Choice Magazine Driftless Connecticut Series Book, 2023, Stone Breaker: The Poet James Gates Percival and the Beginning of Geology in Connecticut