For many years — as an accomplished branding expert and writer — Kerri Devine’s job was helping assorted intelligent, famous people develop a deeper connection with others. Her words appeared in many major magazines and newspapers as she was a trusted author of speeches, video scripts, and OpEds for CEOs, philanthropists, and public figures. Of course, somebody else’s name was always attached.
Kerri loved to write from her own experiences, so she kept the fires of personal narrative burning along the way.
Then Author Lee Woodruff, friend, and mentor, encouraged her to enter an essay contest judged by Kelly Corrigan. Kerri’s work was chosen, and “Monkey Bars” appeared along with new and established writers in the anthology Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions.
Inspired by the positive feedback from a growing community of women, at age 50, Kerri fired all of her clients and returned to school for her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. Soon, her meditation on the Masters, “The Winds of El Niño and the Greatest Game on Earth,” appeared in The Pettigru Review, where it was a finalist for the 2017 Carrie McCray Award in Nonfiction from the South Carolina Writer’s Association.
Now she has more to say. Stay tuned here for news and updates on Kerri’s work.