About Kit

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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist from Austin, Texas.

Unlike other journalists who pretend to be neutral, Kit is openly biased toward human rights and equality.

Though raised with an eye toward activism, he joined Occupy Austin in October of 2011. Since then he’s written, tweeted, marched, organized, livestreamed, and rabble-roused in support of Anonymous, Occupy, GetEqual, Operation Pen Pal, the Tar Sands Blockade, and other movements. He appeared on Rachel Maddow stirring up shit at the Texas Senate during the 2013 feminist uprising at the Texas Capitol. Kit sometimes has chalk on his face.

Kit O’Connell is a correspondent for Firedoglake, where he works as the weekday editor for the MyFDL community site. He is Social Media Editor for The Horn, an independent voice for the University of Texas at Austin.

Involved since 2001 in the local Burning Man community, Kit created A Burner LexiconHe served as the Web Content Lead for Burning Flipside for a year and a half. Other hats have included proofreader, sex toy reviewer, bookseller, and fictionwriter — that last being a hat he still keeps in his closet and takes out and wears from time to time.

An urban cyclist and known for his delicious vegetarian cooking, at any given moment Kit may be writing, consuming mass quantities of media, using semi-colons, tweeting, dressed in something garish, or naked.

Kit is openly queer, kinky, and polyamorous but the entity he shares his life most closely with is his cat Saskia, better known as “the frumious bandersnatch.”

Find Kit’s journalism on Firedoglake’s MyFDL and The Bytegeistand Kit’s YouTube channel.

You can find out more about his writing on the Writing page,

You should follow @KitOConnell on Twitter.


Approximately 8,000 Words is updated sporadically. At one time, it was updated daily and the complete archives are still available.

This site operates on WordPress. The “manuscript” site design was created by Kit O’Connell, based on the Simplr theme by Scott Allan Wallick. Portrait of Kit by Ósk.
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