The Russian Matryoshka doll opens in half, right in the middle of the abdomen. Inside her is another doll that opens in half. Inside that one, another. Many dolls open in half until there are no more. The innermost remains whole. My father was born in Russia and I have been exploring my many selves through writing since childhood. “Matryoshka” seemed a natural to reflect my heritage and my legacy.
Since my first poem magically poured out of me at age eight, writing has been a constant companion, and is now my oldest friend. I started writing poems seriously as an adolescent. In my 30s I couldn’t stop writing them. Journaling has guided and soothed me since my 20s, with 235 journals now. I began publishing personal essays in my 40s, many of which were born from the raw material of my journals. In 2011, I published a memoir, Fatal If Swallowed: Reclaiming Creativity and Hope Along the Uncharted Path. Along the way, I developed a mission to help others experience the gifts of self-expression through both therapeutic and creative writing. That propelled me to launch a business called Write to Heal where I facilitate journal workshops and coach those who would like to make the leap to poetry, short stories, essay, and memoirs.
Once I started my business, I also dubbed my own “writer” Matryoshka, to remind me of the intention of my writing for myself and my readers.
How Matryoshka: Uncovering Your Many Selves Through Writing can help you
The personal essays and questions in this book, touching on issues of the body, mind, and spirit, can help you reflect on your many selves. An excerpt was just published at SpiritualityHealth.com . Read it here to see what’s in store for you if you buy the book!