Kay Porterfield writes that "the creative process is a powerful, transformative tool for healing our minds and bodies, our relationships and our world" She tells us that "each one of us carries this ancient medicine inside"

Kay Marie Porterfields fabulous site, which urges people to live their creative vision, contains a frequently updated collection of articles, resources and links about rediscovering and expanding your creativity.

I am proud to welcome Kay as a member of the Soul Food community. It is a pleasure to work with a vibrant writer and webmaster who is spreading the word about the power of creativity.
Heather Blakey

Night Shift Muses

 

Introducing Kay Porterfield

 

Kay Marie Porterfield first discovered the transforming power of the pen in the third grade when she wrote her first novel – a 16-page farce about a dysfunctional family with names changed to protect the real people upon which it was based. That burst of creativity liberated her from the slow learner’s classroom and earned her a seat in Mrs. Sheppard’s gifted and talented class where she continued to write as if her life depended on it.

A professional writer for most of her adult life, she is the author of 14 published books. Her latest book, The Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World: 15,000 Years of Invention and Innovation, was published in December of 2001.

During her career, she has written and sold over 500 magazine articles to national magazines including Cosmopolitan, The Writer and Writer’s Digest. Her narrative essays have been published in The Sun and have been anthologized in Catholic Girls, The Next Parrish Over and Woven on the Wind. She wrote personal essays for and edited and two collections of personal narrative – Sleeping with Dionysus and What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Relationship Like This: Women Confronting Emotional Violence.

The more she wrote, the more certain she became that words were medicine for her heart and soul. Spelling them out, one letter at a time to create articles, essays, stories and entries in her journal provided consolation, healing and empowerment. She realized that the word, spelling, was no coincidence. When she began conducting journaling and memoir writing workshops, she knew her own deep experiences with writing weren’t unique.

Her website was birthed as the result of a dream she had in 1999. At first she ignored her intuition’s urgings because she knew nothing about web mastering and was terrified of learning. The dream pestered her night after night. Finally, in order to get some sleep, she bought a book on web building for idiots. HTML became her second language and her site quickly became her passion.

She lives in Denver where she continues to expand her website, works on her next book, facilitates Writing to Heal Workshops and coaches emerging writers.