Evelyn McDonnell has been writing about popular culture and society for more than 20 years. She is the author of three books: Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Army of She: Icelandic, Iconoclastic, Irrepressible Bjork and Rent by Jonathan Larson. She coedited the anthologies Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop and Rap and Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth. The Miami Beach-based journalist has been the editorial director of www.MOLI.com, pop culture writer at The Miami Herald, senior editor at The Village Voice, and associate editor at SF Weekly. Her writing on music, poetry, theater, and culture has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including Ms., Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Spin, Travel & Leisure, Us, Billboard, Vibe, Interview, Black Book, and Option. She published and edited the ‘zines Resister and OK Go Now. She codirected the conference Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York in 1998.
Evelyn’s 2004 Herald expose on hip-hop cops, written with Nicole White, was awarded first place for enterprise by the South Florida Black Journalists Association and second place in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards. It’s included in the DaCapo anthology Best Music Writing 2005. Evelyn also received a second-place Sunshine State award that year for criticism. In 2003, a Herald series on changes in the music industry received third place in the business category of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors competition. Her ‘96 cover story for Option on PJ Harvey was named best interview in a magazine by the Music Journalism Awards.
Evelyn lives in Miami Beach with her husband, Bud, her stepdaughters, Karlie and Kenda, her son, Cole, their dog, Otis, two cats, Paleface and Moonpie, and a bearded dragon named Hoa.