Kerry E McKenna has tumbled gleefully through many forms of writing from poetry to comedy, storytelling, health&healing blog, to memoir. Always a correspondent with real pen and paper, Kerry tries to keep the art alive of stream of consciousness, flash fiction, lyric essay, and retains the right to “not pick one.” Her first full length manuscript To Stalk the Mighty Inkling (working title) weaves Celtic lore, memory and the lack of it, ghosts, dreams and a dizzying amount of Men into a tapestry of magic and evolution.
Standing in my bare feet on a crust of snow at six, I looked up at a silver full moon, its shadows stretching long from pointed pines…this inspired my first verse (that was any good). The following summer in the backyard, another full moon sat heavy in the sky, pouring light down on the wet grass, each tip luminescent, in love with the origin of its gift. Nature is my favorite subject–and luckily, we are nature, so people are fair game!
I have been a musician (French horn and piano), a thespian (dance, stage combat, cabaret and song), and a Certified Rolfer(TM). As such, I zoom telephoto on my passions–namely: bodies, minds and energy, and where they intersect to express a moment of Truth. My other passion is travel, meeting people and that includes spirits! My favorite adventures are so far, quirky theater productions with stunt fighting and larger-than-life puppets, travel to Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Orkneys and Denmark, scenes of a hundred past-life memories. I am happy when learning languages, beginning German, French, Dutch, and only “frog” in Polish ( żaba). Language is the way you understand a culture; movement is how you understand a person.
I relocate every ten years it seems. From the small farm in lower Michigan, I went straight to ‘the big city’ of Chicago for college at DePaul University on French Horn and academic scholarships. When a drive for writing claimed me, I sought out a particular instructor at UMass Amherst where I designed my own major in writing for the performing arts. Never did get his class… Then back to Chicago to train in improvisation at The Second City and finish my BA at Columbia College Chicago.
Becoming a Rolfer was my Rolfer’s idea. First, I received the body work for my own postural pains, and ten years later, in Atlanta I was convinced to train as a practitioner. Now for 13 years, I have worked with human sinew, reorganizing the tensional structure of bodies. Oh, and part of that was in Hollywood, California. Every place on the planet has a signature, and it was in L.A. that I deepened training to unlock my psychic-ness, which I offer as Metaphoric Healing. I now reside in Providence Rhode Island, optimistic about its aptronymic capacity. (ha hA!) (I just learned the word aptronym.)
With a brother and sister on the west coast, a mother in the Southern US, friends stretched around the globe, I can’t wait to get out on book tours! Articles on holistic health, energy concepts, crystal and metaphoric healing are the purview of my professional blog at http://www.magicalshift.com.
I also offer classes now in reading for the author. Called “
Read Your Work/Work your Read”, this practicum uses a multi week format to apply accessible acting techniques to dynamic readings. A juicy reading connects with audiences and thereby sells more in-store and at conferences.