Kerri Buckley is a freelance writer, poet, artist originally from Kansas City.
She has made her home in the Pacific Northwest for the last decade. Currently working on poetry, a novel, and non-fiction work-in-progress, she also teach classes on writing, blogging, art and meditation. She has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil, making art, and concentrating on trying to make the world a better place.
She was a chef for fifteen years with Westin Hotels, Omni Hotels, the prestigious Farmington Country Club in Charolottesville, Virginia, and taught for two culinary apprentice programs, one in Virginia and the other in Kansas City. She won a bronze medal for her work with chocolate and pastry at the Annual Culinary Salon in Chicago in 1985, and won second place for her ice-carving that same year with the Kansas City Chef’s Association. She studied and worked with Peter Inauen in Kansas City, Executive Chef of the Westin Crown Center Hotel, and Felix Sturmer, both in Kansas City as an apprentice, , and in New Orleans after graduation. In Virginia she worked with Chef Kevin McCartney. All these chefs were excellent teachers and mentors. She also worked closely with Jerry Vincent and Anna Holderby, both with the Kansas City Chef’s Association.
She studied art and art history at the University of Kansas, owned Prima Vera Catering Company, and began writing about food in 2000 as a food columnist. She has added health, writing, poetry, and travel to her list of niches.
In November of 2009 she won First Place For Poetry in the Inland Empire California Writer’s Club (IECWC) Annual Poetry Contest for her poem “The Man From San Jose.”
She has poems in the newly published Chopin With Cherries by Moonrise Press, and also in the forthcoming The Cento: A Collection of Collage Poems to be published by Red Hen Press. One of her poems from the Chopin anthology is to be translated in a Polish literary journal Wyspa.
In 2005 she created a radio show The Literary Cafe’, and co-produced it with Coast Community Radio in Astoria, Oregon — KMUN and KTCB. The Literary Cafe’ ran with KMUN from March 2005 until August 31, 2009. This year in 2011 it will start up again as an independently produced radio show.
She has written ongoing columns for Kansas City Parent Magazine, Hepatitis Magazine, The Ocean Shores Journal, and The Ocean Observer. Her articles have appeared in publications across the country. Please see the portfolio page on this blog for links to a few.