A native of Danvers Massachusetts, Shoshanna McCollum became a resident of Fire Island in 1994, upon being hired as Curator of the Ocean Beach Historical Society. Her freelance writing career began with a bi-weekly community newspaper column with the "Fire Island Tide" in the year 2000.
She has reported for a number of local and regional Long Island newspapers including the Islip Bulletin, Suffolk County News, Long Island Advance, Fire Island News, and an essay published in the New York Times Long Island Section. Published works have earned her journalism awards with the New York Press Association and Long Island Press Club.
"Fire Island: Beach Resort and National Seashore" is McCollum's first book and is presently the only published photo-essay history about the barrier island. It is a concise chronicle that begins with shipwrecks and lifesaving mobilization efforts that define Fire Island in the 19th Century, followed by its dramatic emergence as a vacation resort for an upwardly mobile middle-class throughout the 20th Century and into the first decade of the new millennium. In conjunction with the book, Shoshanna has enjoyed public speaking engagements with museums and libraries across Long Island, that have been well received by audiences for their humor and poignancy.
Shoshanna is a graduate of New York School of Visual Arts. She presently writes and produces short news videos for FireIsland.Com. Married to her husband John since 1999, they reside year-round on Fire Island with a menagerie of beloved cats and creatures in Ocean Beach.
Fire Island: Beach Resort and National Seashore
Fire Island is a string of communities and parks, gay and straight bars, boats and bridges, beach umbrellas and bungalows--all bound together by the pristine white sand of the island's beach.
This 32-mile-long barrier island off the coast of Long Island has been defined by legendary shipwrecks and heroic lifesaving in the 19th century, but also kindled by menacing storms and a web of sociological intrigue as an upwardly mobile American middle class sought out vacation homes and coastal recreation during the 20th century.
From cholera protests at the Surf Hotel in 1892 to a grassroots campaign to prevent a highway that ultimately established Fire Island National Seashore in 1964, Fire Island's history is a grand melodrama that has caught world attention. Publisher, Arcadia Publishing 2012