Join us on Thursday, April 6th, at 7 PM for a reading with author Christina Kemp from her debut book Across the Distance: Reflections on Loving and Where We Did & Did Not Find Each Other.
Christina A. Kemp weaves poetic language and piercing wisdom into this intimate exploration of relationships, grief, and loss. In her memoir, she reflects on eight significant relationships in her life, including those with her late father, her mother and younger brother, a childhood best friend, a coming-of-age mentor, two former lovers, and finally, with herself. Throughout, Kemp displays bravery, humor, and a gentle regard and compassion for the people who both shaped and wounded her, along with a willful determination to glean critical life lessons from these encounters. Readers are bound to identify with the universal themes contemplated by this sensitive, loving heroine: her keen eye for nature's beauty and rhythms, her signature self-awareness, and her unflinching desire to make sense of the harms that befall her. Her words reflect the boundless depths of loss, the power of healing, and the sacred truths that lay within, beneath, around, and among all of us.
About the author: Christina A. Kemp grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, has taught in the realm of academia as a professor of psychology, and is a faculty member at Bainbridge Dance Center. Called to work outside the walls of psychological diagnostic criteria and organizational nomenclature, in 2021 she decided to forgo traditional therapeutic licensure to create Healing, Guidance & Conversations: the Art of Being. At heart an artist, healer and teacher, Kemp’s work hones the exploration of the subtle, nuancing the exploration of life experiences as they unfold amid the relationship to the inner self, among others, within culture and in the home of the natural world. Her debut memoir Across the Distance: Reflections on Loving and Where We Did & Did Not Find Each Other was published in February 2022. Both analytical and poetic in her writing, Christina combines her psychological background with reflective prose and ethereal, spiritual undertones. Her other writing has appeared in True Stories: The Narrative Project, Volume III and Last Leaves Magazine.