For many years — as an accomplished branding expert and writer — Kerri Devine’s job was helping assorted fabulous and noteworthy people develop a deeper connection with others. Words appeared in many major magazines and newspapers. As a trusted author of speeches 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.
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. Her Instagram platform, @HotinCharleston is a growing community for women’s wisdom on midlife, motherhood, and menopause. Hot in Charleston recently gathered 150 women in America’s hottest city to celebrate the power of change. Stay tuned for news and updates on Kerri’s work.