Name: Theresa Griffin-Kennedy
Hometown: Portland Oregon
Education: Portland State University
Majors: Criminology & Arts and Letters
Minors: Writing and English.
Activities: Freelance writer, poet, graduate student, tutor.
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My favorite books...
Behind the Badge in River City; A Police Memoir,
By Don DuPay
The Language of Flowers,
By: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Woman Destroyed,
By Simone DeBavuior
We have Always Lived in the Castle,
By Shirley Jackson
By Daphne Du Mauier
By: Josephine Hart
By: Darcey Steinke
By: Scott Turow
By: Janet Fitch
By: Josephine Hart
By Robert Olen Butler
As I Lay Dying,
By: William Faulkner
Of Human Bondage,
By: W. Somerset Maugham
By: Greg Bills
Favorite Writers: Daphne Du Maurier, Robert Olen Butler, James Joyce, TS Eliot, Ted Hughes, Scott Turow, Janet Fitch, James Fenton, Jane Vandenburgh, Cheryl Strayed, and of course many, many others.
Favorite Quote: “To be Irish is to know that in the end, the world will break your heart.”
~Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Favorite food: Black olives, English cucumbers, chicken breast, fresh basil.
Travel Destinations: Sweden,
Hawaii and Romania.
|On Writing and Creating an Inner Life|
The process of writing, requisite artistic inspiration and revision can be a slow, and revelatory engagement of both mind and spirit. There exists a mysterious and often difficult to apprehend whisperer of truth and content within our brains that seems to direct the words that suddenly appear on the page; seeming as they do so, to come from something that has always existed within us.
Sometimes, this voice or POV within our writing seems completely alien to the manner that others may perceive us on a personal level. Sometimes what we produce as writers originates from a darker less understood segment of our character or identity that we rarely if ever engage or connect with.
What we write may offend, startle, move or inspire the reader to newer levels of thought, awareness, empathy or action. Sharing these writings can be for many people a terrifying proposition, and for others a source of becalming pride.
Learning to listen to and trust this sometimes fickle and unpredictable voice within us can be one of the more difficult aspects of evolving into and ultimately becoming a skilled writer. What follows is simply revision. The ‘hard work’ of being a writer, which some may not enjoy and others relish.
What you will find in these pages examples of my published writing, which include, letters to the editor, poetry, articles and interviews. You will also find examples of the more raw and courageous personal essays that I am willing to share with others, irrespective of public and/or critical opinion.
Writing has been, for me, a meaningful, decades long exploration of the various limits and boundaries of my own talent, capacity to learn and ability to engage in fearless self discovery. Writing has given me the confidence to challenge myself with different topics I would ordinarily avoid such as exploring the subtleties of different cultures, women's rights, poetry and various forms of journalistic writing. Attempting to tackle such genres as autobiographical fiction, the art of the personal essay and even journalistic pieces about social injustice are only a few of the various genres I have committed myself to exploring.
Probably the greatest gift that a dedication to writing will give us is to learn to appreciate our history as we've lived it and as its been lived. This new appreciation helps us embrace rather than reject our history. We learn to see the value in how our history has shaped each of us into the unique individuals that we are.
Learning to value our personal histories, irrespective of the details or circumstances, which may be filled with chaos, joy, despair, shame, hardship, (among other things) helps us to validate who we are individually and gives meaning to the manner in which we have suffered or persevered in our lives... or rejoiced and celebrated life, for that matter.
This validation helps us make sense of the world. When we can make sense out of apparent non-sense, then understanding, freedom and peace of mind is ultimately the end reward.
Please feel welcome to peruse these pages of written text.