Kerry E McKenna, Author

Each morning with real pen and paper, I tumble with humor from poetry and flash fiction to essays and lyric non-fiction. I am sensitive to nature and the the energy of meaning (beyond words), and discovering the vast, ancient knowing underneath a moment.

I am seeking an agent for my first book, Tartan and Other Hereditary Patterns. This hybrid memoir weaves Celtic lore, ghosts, prophetic dreams, holistic health, Scotland, Europe and ill-advised sex into a quest to find a new mentor and the perfect Place before the tourist visa runs out.

My poetry has been published in three anthologies and performed on stage (some in burlesque), and a short story about witches and family curses is soon to be published by Frequency Writers in Providence. My articles about Rolfing(R) Structural Integration have been seen in Massage Magazine, Journal of Structural Integration and Natural Awakenings.

Then and There- a Vintage Travel Podcast is being launched soon, offering story readings from travel narrative from bygone eras (1600-early 1900s) with snippets of interviews on related topics. I am recording my little vocal chords off now with travels to Scotland up first.

Tartan & Other Hereditary Patterns is my first full length manuscript and the next book is already in the works about PTSD and shamanic training intertwined in Los Angeles, currently titled, Portal to Hell Adjacent.

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Kerry E McKenna The origin story

It all started on a small farm in lower Michigan where Kerry wrote poetry, played French horn and piano, and frolicked outdoors dangerously. From this delightful chaos, she developed into an actor/improvisor engaged in a theatrical life in Chicago. Quirky improv, stunt fighting and larger-than-life puppets–physical performance was the draw. Travel is always compelling, which led to Amsterdam, Edinburgh, the Orkneys, Denmark, and more places with rich, past-life memories. Kerry is happiest when learning languages and has dabbled in German, French, and singing Disney songs in Dutch. As ever, Kerry keeps her favorite fountain pen moving.

Kerry was talent-spotted by her own Rolfer. Since becoming Certified in Rolfing Structural Integration in 2005, Kerry went on to reorganize human bodies in the myofascia and write about the work in her holistic healing blog ( Later in Los Angeles, she also sought shamanic training to shape her re-emerging psychic ability, which led directly to “getting the heck out of LA” and choosing Providence, Rhode Island, where rooting and growing entwine peaceably.

Stick a fork in the road–I think I’m done.

Yaawwwp!! – Dunrobin Castle, 2006

2 thoughts on “Kerry E McKenna, Author”

  1. Hi, Kerry. Interesting read here on your site. I started my publishing career in Ann Arbor; grew up in northern Wisconsin. I knew there was something wonderfully comfortable about the experience of sitting next to each other this afternoon at What Cheer. I think you have m y card, but I’ll fill in the fields below.

    1. Wonderful to meet you! I plan to dig into your publication at lunch today. Let’s meet up again soon. Cheers.

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