Online since 2007

About Myself:

Name: Theresa Griffin-Kennedy.

Hometown: Portland, Oregon.

Education: Portland State University.

Bachelor of Science degree's: Criminology-criminal justice & Arts and Letters, 2009.

Minors: Writing and English,

Masters Degree:

Adult Education, Leadership and Policy, 2013.

Masters Certificate:

Teaching Adult Learners, 2014.

Activities: Published Author, Poet, Creative writing instructor, writing coach, abstract painter/mixed media.

MY CONTACT information

Email: tkdupay@gmail.com

My favorite books...

Behind the Badge in River City; A Portland Police Memoir

By: Don DuPay

Murder and Scandal in Prohibition Portland

By: JD Chandler and Theresa Griffin Kennedy

Blue Reverie in Smoke: Collected Poems 2001-2016

By: Theresa Griffin Kennedy

Burnside Field Lizard

By: Theresa Griffin Kennedy

Frank's Revenge After Midnight

By: Don DuPay

The Language of Flowers,

By: Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Woman Destroyed

By: Simone DeBavuior


By: Toni Morrison

We have Always Lived in the Castle

By: Shirley Jackson

The Parasites, 

By: Daphne Du Mauier

Ten Little Indians

By: Sherman Alexie


By: Josephine Hart

Suicide Blonde,

By: Darcey Steinke

Their Eyes were Watching God

By: Nora Zeale Hurston

Presumed Innocent, 

By: Scott Turow

White Oleander,

By: Janet Fitch


By: Josephine Hart

Luminaries of the Humble

By: Elizabeth Woody

They Whisper, 

By: Robert Olen Butler

As I Lay Dying,

By: William Faulkner  

American Smooth

By: Rita Dove

Of Human Bondage,

By: W. Somerset Maugham

Fearful Symmetry

By: Greg Bills

The Girl on the Train

By: Paula Hawkins

Favorite Quote: “To be Irish is to know that in the end, the world will break your heart.”

~Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Online since 2007

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* Author at The History Press
* Author at Oregon Greystone Press
* Former writer with GoLocalPDX.com
* Former writer at Street Roots Newspaper
* Former editorial writer at the PDXX Collective
* Former editorial writer at the Portland Alliance
            Author of...
* “Murder and Scandal in Prohibition Portland.”
* “Blue Reverie in Smoke: Collected Poems.”
* “Burnside Field Lizard and Selected Stories.”

Dear Friends and supporters!
On Writing and Creating an Inner Life!

The process of writing, artistic inspiration and revision can be a slow, revelatory engagement of mind and spirit. There exists a difficult to apprehend whisperer of truth within our brains. That voice 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.

This voice or POV within our writing may seem completely alien to the manner that others perceive us on a personal level. What we produce as writers sometimes 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 our writing can be a terrifying proposition, and for others a source of becalming pride.

Learning to listen to and trust this sometimes fickle and unpredictable voice can be one of the more difficult aspects of evolving into and ultimately becoming a skilled writer. What follows is simply revision, or the hard work of being a writer, which some may not enjoy and others relish. 

This website contains letters to the editor, poetry, articles and interviews, and pages detailing my three published books. You will also find examples of the more raw and courageous personal essays that I am willing to share with others, irrespective of public opinion. 

Writing has been, for me, a meaningful, decades long exploration of the various limits and boundaries of my own skill, 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 "Gonzo" journalistic writing. Attempting to tackle such genres as autobiographical fiction, the art of the personal essay and even pieces about social injustice are only a few of the various genres I have committed myself to exploring.

The greatest gift 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 we are today. 

Substantive transformative learning gives meaning to the manner in which we have suffered or persevered in our lives, or rejoiced and celebrated life.

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 the end reward.

                     Theresa Griffin Kennedy