About

Who’s EvinOK? Me, that’s who.

EvinOK is me. Well, I’m actually Evin O’Keeffe. I’ve always been a writer and a reader. I was that kid who stayed up all night reading under the covers. Other than dressing my Barbie dolls or making crafts, my favorite activity was to clank away on my Grandfather’s 1940-era Underwood typewriter writing short stories or breaking news about the snow day ahead. Because I love to write, I’ve always found wonderful opportunities to do so, from school projects to professional publications. I could bore you with details, but just check out my resume if that’s what you’re after.

My heart still goes pitter-pat when I hear and use manual typewriters. My writing has brought me many places, from the days of being editor-in-chief of my campus newspaper to my current experience working in Content Marketing for tech startup extraordinaire Teamwork.com (and doing freelance writing and publishing projects) in Cork, Ireland.

In 2014, I started my own small publishing company, Anchor and Bee, which focuses on working with creative non-fiction writers and designers to bring their work to fruition and publication. The company itself is a collective of talented professionals that come together to work for a client when a project arises. Beyond that, Anchor and Bee is non-profit and passionate that quality content should be shared with the world. It also works on blog redesign, company rebranding, and blog training projects with select clients.

My background is actually in art, design, writing, and communications. I grew up inside the Beltway (Washington, D.C.) and went to Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Studio and Communications. For three semesters, I was editor-in-chief of our campus newspaper. I took additional coursework toward a certificate in Art Therapy and, in my senior year, was on the school’s tennis team. It was in my four years at CHC that I learned about dedication, ownership of one’s work, and following my passion for the visual and written arts. My thesis, “The Place of the Book in the Era of the New Media” fascinated me – and was ahead of its time (it was basically about electronic books and online reading at a time when only a small portion of students even had email accounts or cellular phones).

When I am not writing or designing something digitally or keeping busy as a wife and mother, I am knitting, cooking, traveling, and photographing all the interesting stuff along the way. Though usually practical, I have a fondness for making things, browsing the promise beheld on the shelves of second-hand shops, spending an afternoon in a cafe, thinking up and trying a new recipe (sometimes they even work out), wearing Breton-style striped tees and knee-high argyle socks (not usually at the same time), and admiring garden gnomes and dishes. Please stay a while, enjoy a cup of tea as you browse what I’ve written, and if you’d like to know more, contact me.

 

Press & Publications

Sometimes, I’m in the newspaper or media for my writing or a book I’ve published. Here are a few links to recent articles by or about me:

Like Magazine September 2015 Like Magazine 2015 Instafoodies Chestnut Hill College Spring 2015 magazine Chestnut Hill College Spring 2015 magazine Do you know how many weird looks you get when taking a #selfie with a newspaper on Pana? But it's my #byline, so it isn't weird! #irishexaminer #lacemaking

The dos and don'ts of buying for baby

Off to the These Islands book launch at @knitmidleton See you there! #booklaunch #selfie #TheseIslands

Green room selfie We made the newspaper for looking so fab at the Cork Marketing Ball.

IKEA Live Magazine April 2015

Valentine's Day Family Breakfast on WayfairCoUk

Valentine's Day Family Breakfast on WayfairCoUk

Knit this stunning frontier shawl from new craft book, These Islands via Irish Country Living

I Heart My City: Evin’s Cork on National Geographic Travel Blog

Trying to get a taste of Thanksgiving in Ireland via the Irish Examiner

Trying to get a taste of Thanksgiving in Ireland via the Irish Examiner In the paper and on the telly the same week? Crazy! Now back to my regularly-scheduled life. This photos is from the Irish Examiner.

The online reviewers who can make you, or break you via The Times The online reviewers who can make you, or break you in The Times

Daytripper in The Cork News

 

Good Things on Irish Girlie Knits Designs

2013: A Year in Review on Knitter's Review

A few favourite Irish cookbooks of 2014 via BiblioCook

Packing For A Long Flight With A Toddler by Evin O'Keeffe via Zulily

Bake, Knit and Sew written about on Restaurants and Food in Cork by CorkBilly

Let's put the 'International' into Cork Airport via Cork Independent

2010 Pink Auction mentioned in The Ballincollig Parishioner

 

 

Disclosure: I do not get paid to write the blog posts you read on EvinOK.com. Any benefits received are disclosed in individual posts. You can support this site by shopping through my Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk shop links or buying my merchandise on CafePress. Or you can just buy me or my son LB a present from my Amazon.com Wish List or my Amazon.co.uk Wish List or LB’s Amazon.co.uk Wish List.

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