Donna Henderson is a poet, writer, editor, visual artist, singer and songwriter. She is the author of three critically-acclaimed collections of poems, two of which (Transparent Woman and The Eddy Fence ) were finalists for the Oregon Book Award in Poetry. She is also a co-founder of Airlie Press , a shared-work collective poetry publisher. She has taught and performed poetry in community and university venues internationally and in the U.S. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in magazines, anthologies, performance venues and recordings. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College Program for Writers, and received a writing fellowship at Playa artists' residency, where she largely completed her next collection of poems.
Donna loves artistic collaboration and cross-genre creative projects, especially those involving music. For many years, she performed with the poetry and piano trio Tonepoem, based at Western Oregon University. In 2010-2011 she collaborated with Brazilian composer and pianist Cassio Vianna on the lyrics for the song cycle cd Letters to Grace. Most recently, she contributed her poetry and vocals to composer William Whitley's just-released cd, I Dream Awake. She is also the vocalist and leader of the jazz and bossa-nova band Chuvarada.
Donna has made and exhibited her visual art from a young age, and studied studio art at Western Oregon University. For several years her work was regularly displayed at The River Gallery in Monmouth, Oregon, as well as other venues. Since her move from the Willamette Valley to Maupin, Oregon a few years ago, the active community of artists she discovered there (as well as the landscape itself) inspired and encouraged her to start exploring, producing and exhibiting new work, which includes photography, watercolor, acrylic, oils,collage, and mixed media. A one-woman show of her work in Maupin closed in January of this year.
Professionally, Donna practices psychotherapy and Reiki and teaches yoga at Canyon Wren Wellness Center in Maupin (visit that website at donnahendersonlcsw.com .) She writes a monthly, mental health topics blog at donnacatehenderson.wordpress.com)
Donna lives on the Deschutes River (well, next to it) in Oregon, with her husband, Rich Sutliff.
Listen to my reading (there are others, but this is a favorite) at the Milwaukie (Oregon) Poetry Series on May 9, 2012
Hear the podcast of a 2015 radio interview with me on the writing of The Eddy Fence and other poems
Listen to excerpts from the cd I Dream Awake (To be released August 11, 2017)
Take a look at the terrific catalog of poems and poets at Oregon's own Airlie Press