~Theresa Griffin Kennedy~

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Theresa Griffin Kennedy is a freelance writer of creative nonfiction, and Gonzo journalism. She is a poet, a writer of "hyper realistic" literary fiction, and historical profiles of Portland characters, including depression era criminals. She writes as a contributing columnist for the Portland Alliance Newspaper online, and for the news website GoLocalPDX. Kennedy is a regular contributor to the writing website, Live Encounters, which is operated by poet, writer and intellectual Mark Ulyseas, out of Indonesia. She has been published with Portland State University's Pathos Literary Review, the Bicycle Review, Oakland Review, and with an anthology called War Stories 2015, which was published by Blue Skirt Productions with support from Oregon ...more

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~Theresa Griffin Kennedy~ The myth of writer's block is simply that, a myth. It does not exist. There are a million things one can write about, a million things one can do to f…moreThe myth of writer's block is simply that, a myth. It does not exist. There are a million things one can write about, a million things one can do to feel inspired, or get that angry itch when you want to write something out, settle a score, right a wrong, or simply tell a story you think is important. Writer's block is something people either believe or don't believe. It can inspire some heated exchanges, but I can only state what I believe, which is that it is used as an excuse for people who don't really feel the need to sit down and write and actually be productive or feel good about that process. I've never had any form of block. I've been able to write when I was sick, tired, contending with enormous grief and loss, or so angry I could not keep from stomping around the house. Emotion inspires the desire to sit down and write, and compose and create something, vocabulary, knowledge of grammar, sentence structure, that all falls into place, if you have it, if not and you're contending with basic comprehension, the process of writing is going to be a huge struggle. And its amazing how many people struggle with basic literacy. This is why I always tell young readers, READ! Reading another writers book is not going to change your "tone" or alter your "voice" at all. What reading will do is expand your vocabulary, present various methods of composition to you and help to develop your original voice, creativity and unique word choices. Reading is the most important factor of being able to direct your true creative choices that do not mimic anyone else. Read, and never stop reading. (less)
~Theresa Griffin Kennedy~ The best thing about being a writer is the self-satisfaction, self-worth and feeling of personal accomplishment that you achieve after you've complete…moreThe best thing about being a writer is the self-satisfaction, self-worth and feeling of personal accomplishment that you achieve after you've completed a project, however big or small. You don't write for money, you don't write for fame, you write because you HAVE to write. And you're happy with that. That's enough. That for me, is the best part of being a writer. How it makes ME feel when I write, not how other people make me fell when I write. (less)
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I'm happy to announce that my first novel and next book is set for publication very soon. "Talionic Night in Portland: A Love Story" is set to be unleashed on the world. I think you might find it interesting. With humor and adult themes, Talionic Night examines class in Portland and how a history of sexual abuse can lead to rage and dysfunction, which in turn can sometimes lead to chaos. Despite t Read more of this blog post »
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“Don't be like the herd. Think for yourself. When you see yourself falling into the idiocy of Group Think, do the smart thing and remove yourself. You'll be glad you did.”
Theresa Griffin Kennedy

“Always support younger writers, and do all you can to nourish that spirit of creativity, and original risk. The unique manner of literary innovation that younger writers may engage in, ultimately is priceless. Writers, poets and authors are the spokespersons for ours and the next generations. Support them, mentor them, protect them from the viciousness of popular opinion, which is generally nothing more than censorship wearing the cloak of righteous indignation.”
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“Anna Schrader was another of the women who came to Portland during the Girl Rush, arriving in 1910. Census records indicate she was married at the age of eighteen, presumably in Minnesota, where she was born and raised. She became a gadfly for the local Portland police and provided them with a great deal of useful information regarding bootlegging during Prohibition. This was possible because of her affair with police lieutenant William Breuning, who had gotten her the job of "private detective.”
Theresa Griffin Kennedy, Murder & Scandal in Prohibition Portland: Sex, Vice Misdeeds in Mayor Baker's Reign

“I looked out the hall window across from me as I stood leaning against the wall, and saw the bars on the outside of the windows. The rain trickled down the reinforced misted milk-glass in a constant deluge of melancholy rivulets. It was getting cold - the shadows, the rising turbulent winds, the drifting red and orange leaves were returning once more. I tuned out the sounds of the doctors voices. Soon, I couldn't make out the words they were saying as definite signals meant to convey something. Their words became a dim humming, a song drifting along the periphery of my awareness. And it was then, I knew I would be able to leave. I would go back to my room and take out the violet silk dress, the monstrous talisman I had created, and I would look at it. I might give it away after all. I need to let her go for all the ghosts she carried within her every measured stitch.”
Theresa Griffin Kennedy, Burnside Field Lizard and Selected Stories

“The butter was real of course. Daddy had a fetish about using only real butter. As he handed it to me, I noticed the hue was brash and yellow, almost like the artificial color used in the making of cheap Margarine. The boysenberry preserves were recently purchased. The glass had a bright red foil label with intricate embossed wording and as I turned the lid, I heard the sucking sound of the seal breaking. Daddy looked over, concerned, until I carefully laid the jar of jam on the counter, pushing it toward him. "I can do everything Tweetie Bird," he said to me. I smiled, embarrassed at my old nickname from when I was a child and nodded my head.”
Theresa Griffin Kennedy, War Stories 2015: An Anthology

“I was bent over, my dress hiked up, my pale bottom sticking out, bluish in the dim light and Bryon behind me, lost in another world. His face was pressed into my shoulder and his profile visible. As his features were screwed up in the release of pleasure, his eyes shut tight and his mouth hanging open, I once again struggled not to laugh. There was something so comical and pathetic about his unabashed sincerity and tedious adoration. I hated to admit it, but it made me want to slap him and watch him weep with a smile on my face as I told him it was all over and he would never see me again.”
Theresa Griffin Kennedy, Burnside Field Lizard and Selected Stories

“When Daddy turned back to the slim volume of Benton's poetry, and spoke the following words, I knew he was speaking from his own heart, as he said the words with a new feeling of confidence and authority. I knew those words were his words, too and that somehow Benton had spoken those same words for so many other men who could never personally say them. "...and when the enemy is; the lost, the vacant/the aimless something belched out of a vast and blind explosion/I have no heart for that/Mine is not the skill for overseeing/My hand is not the hand to wield God's flaming sword." His voice quavered brokenly with the last line, as Daddy closed the book gingerly and turned to look at me, embarrassed yet unapologetic. His face tried to smile but couldn't. The tears that had formed in his eyes clung to the dark grey lashes and reflected the light from the setting sun outside. I finally reached over and without saying anything, placed my hand over his.”
Theresa Griffin Kennedy, War Stories 2015: An Anthology

“Like stagnant water trapped in a fetid container that decays with the passage of time, fermenting only to nourish the parasites that live within it, Leatrice was still decaying from the inside out. The decay was upon her mouth, curled in contempt, containing the rage that had never left her.”
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~Theresa Kennedy~ Kyle wrote: "Hi Theresa,
Thank you kindly for the friend request!
I understand completely your answer, and I agree!
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Kyle Hi Theresa,
Thank you kindly for the friend request!
I understand completely your answer, and I agree!
Horror is broad, and means something different to everyone.


~Theresa Kennedy~ Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ wrote: "Theresa,
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Thank you my lady. :)


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~Theresa Kennedy~ Majenta wrote: "Hello, Theresa! Thank you for contacting me! I hope you are well and having a good week. Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else, and I hope you're having good we..."

Thank you for being a part of this fun website. Cheers!


Majenta Hello, Theresa! Thank you for contacting me! I hope you are well and having a good week. Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else, and I hope you're having good weather. Blessings!
Best wishes from Majenta


~Theresa Kennedy~ Sandra wrote: "Hi Theresa,
Thanks for the friend-invite! :)"


Hi Sandra! Its great to meet you here on Good Reads. Cheers!


Sandra Hi Theresa,
Thanks for the friend-invite! :)


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