Kriya Kaping: September 2017-February 2018
Kriya Kaping has a passion for personal narrative and has performed her stories with the Portland Storytellers’ Guild, Portland Story Theater, Living Stages, and Story District DC. She has used her love of storytelling as an outreach and communications specialist in supporting organizations and individuals to share narratives that foster community ties and personal involvement. Kriya has enjoyed a career writing creative content for multimedia, online and print productions, and social media campaigns. She looks forward to the opportunity afforded by the Cecile Scott – Betsy Milligan Memorial Scholarship to learn new skills and grow as a writer. She believes that story by story, we strengthen our communities and build connection through the power of shared personal narratives. Kriya is currently working on a creative non-fiction collection of short stories that she hopes will invite the reader to climb inside and stay a while.
Susan Walters: March 2018- August 2018
Susan Walters was not lucky enough to be born in Oregon, but smart enough to move here 32 years ago. She recently retired after 40 years as an emergency nurse to write her memoir. Nurse Kills Hitman details how she survived a deadly force encounter when she separated from her mentally, but not physically abusive husband of 17 years.
With the help of her family, friends, and community, she has moved forward and away from her shattered life. When the man who said he loved her was sentenced for solicitation of murder, she said this to him, “I am damaged, but not destroyed.”
Susan will celebrate her eleventh bonus year in September. She continues to believe she is rich in all the things that count.
You can follow Susan on Facebook/Nurse Kills Hitman.