Prior to becoming a full-time author, Kaci Cronkhite's career spanned three decades of successful leadership in non-profit, university, research, and adult education organizations. Her life-long skills in writing and communication were bolstered by academic studies in business, social sciences, and cultural studies. She chose to complete a sailing circumnavigation of the world over the last six chapters of a Ph.D. in 1997. In 2001, she took the helm of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival where, for a decade, she grew and helped guide that beloved regional event to world-renown. A life-long traveler, she splits her time between a home in the canyons of Roman Nose State Park in Oklahoma, with Spidsgatter PAX in Port Townsend, Washington, and on writing sojourns with family, friends and colleagues around the world.
Notable Accomplishments & Awards
Author: Adlard Coles, Bloomsbury Publishing, London. October 2017 Finding Pax: one woman's journey for the love of her wooden boat, Fall 2018. A second book, the prequel, will be available Fall 2019.
Author/publisher: Windspur Books, Port Townsend, WA. August 2016. Self published Finding Pax: the unexpected journey of a little wooden boat. Sold out in less than a year. Picked up by Bloomsbury for 2nd edition, worldwide distribution.
A decade in executive leadership at non-profits The Wooden Boat Foundation & Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend.
A decade ocean sailing on five different sailboats and one powerboat, including six years as full-time First Mate, relief Captain & instructor for Tethys Offshore during a world circumnavigation. Sailed over 62,000 miles in 34 countries.
A decade as manager/director for education & marketing organizations in Alaska, Iowa and Oklahoma. Managed events, creative program teams, and international marketing campaigns for non-profits, universities and research clients.
A childhood lived and writing life inspired on a fourth generation cattle ranch, the Cronkhite Ranch in northwest Oklahoma.
Awards & references. See LinkedIn: Kaci Cronkhite
- Speaker, Author events across the US, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand 2018
- Speaker, Author events across the US, Australia, & New Zealand 2017 (see Upcoming Events)
- Mentor, Girls at the Helm on Schooner Adventuress 2016
- Author, Finding PAX 2016
- Consultant, Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney 2015
- Special Guest, Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart 2013, 2015, 2017
- Presenter, Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival 2011-2016
- Guide and Guest Blogger, OffCenterHarbor.com 2011-present
- Captain, S/V Pax 2007-present
A life's work wherever the wind blows…. write on.