Annie Kennedy
Annie Kennedy

Annie Kennedy, Writer, Dreamer, Nerd

Raised in Massachusetts and educated in Vermont and Rhode Island, Annie is a thoroughly New England gal now living in Providence, where she can be found moongazing despite urban challenges. She had the unusual distinction of being voted "most likely to be famous" her senior year of high school not for future ambitions but for current fame; photos of her mudsurfing at Woodstock '94 had recently graced the front pages of newspapers across the globe. Although her fame went downhill from there, her hygiene has improved.

After working in various industries, Annie learned her most important lesson at a YMCA whose top executives would kneel down to tile floors when short-handed: that life is best met with humility, flexibility, and a willingness to help others. Today, Annie makes the world a better place in her own nerdy way: one apostrophe at a time. Once nicknamed "Grammar Annie" for editing classmates' papers even while off-duty as a writing center coach, the former senior editorial assistant can still be spotted (gently) correcting errors.

Embracing her lifelong love of words, Annie will write about anything for the joy of it, whether maintaining personal blogs or contributing to the Providence Daily Dose or to Spelling Bee Study Guide: A Zine. Although she keeps most of her writings to herself, Annie entered and won the 2009 Not About the Buildings creative non-fiction contest and was invited to read her work at the gorgeous and historic Providence Athenaeum. Her chapbook, "Notes from a Seven-Year Study of the Short-Haired Domestic Feline," was sold across Providence from Ada Books to the AS220 Project Space.

A supporter of education, Annie works in Rhode Island's public higher ed system. A supporter of the arts, she spends her remaining time at various concerts, readings and receptions to cheer on the music and arts community in and around Rhode Island. A prior beekeeper and permanent animal lover, Annie continuously takes lessons, classes and workshops in photography, guitar, and other arts to help express her ardor for the natural world around her. She also loves the idea of collaborations between artists, and in April 2015 she presented at Providence PechaKucha, pairing her original writings to original photographs by artist David Lee Black. She also plans to be braver for the remainder of 2015 and beyond - so you just might catch her singing and strumming at an open mic near you.

Annie is proud to have so many others around her sharing their experiences through words, art and music, and she can't wait to see who and what interests her next.

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Annie, welcome to Cool Cats ... this is an interesting group. TC
-- Terrence Cannon, 11/2/15