BJ Feeney currently resides in a western suburb of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, Marty. A retired educator, she recalls years of working with her students and peers with a great deal of fondness. BJ’s BS in Education and MS in Education allowed her to serve as a reading/writing consultant in the public schools, giving her many opportunities to appreciate and respect multiple cultures and learning styles.
BJ credits her parents, John and Margaret Karr, for creating a literary environment where she could grow and learn. Yearly birthday memoir letters composed for other family members, anniversary letters expressing deep sentiments and/or humor, diaries holding philosophies, essays regarding life, occasions for poetic musings, and many opportunities for oral discussions, storytelling, and so on are some enduring memories for BJ. “I’ve been writing as a means of expression since I was a child,” she reflects.
“That’s what writers do. We write about what inspires us, always taking mental notes as we observe and categorize life into its myriad possibilities for others and ourselves. We inspire each other with our words, pictures, paintings and music – whatever artistic form gives voice to our emotional/spiritual selves – presenting them as a gift to the world.”
BJ continues to grow and learn professionally by subscribing to Poets & Writers, attending workshops and courses affiliated with Grub Street in Boston and The Loft in Sherborn, and participating in writers’ roundtables. In addition, she holds a degree as a certified Master Reiki Shamballa Instructor, practicing other religious modalities as they introduce themselves along the way.
In the future, BJ intends to write children’s literary picture books, thematic poetry anthologies, flash fiction collections, and snapshot memoirs. She recently co-wrote a fantasy picture book with her grandson, Austin, and is anxious to publish it as a second-third-grade guided reading book.