I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
– Anne Shirey
Born October 13 – a native of Oregon’s Willamette Valley and a non-binary human being, I now live in the equally damp, yet much windier city of Hamburg, Germany. I moved here on a whim in 2008 and have since vagabonded between Portland, Karlsruhe, and Bamberg, only to end up back in my harbor city. It’s a love affair I cannot shake.
I grew up bilingual with German parents, a so-called third culture kid, on a farm in a place called Kiger Island. Yes, an actual island in the middle of fertile Oregon farmland. My childhood was spent outdoors, writing poetry, reading, exploring the woods behind my house, and swimming in the river that surrounded the island. I also plane hopped between Oregon and Germany (indeed, I flew on a plane before I could walk) until I was eighteen years old, spending two months of every summer on my grandparent’s farm in Bavaria. I hold a double major in journalism and German literature from the University of Oregon and since graduating in 2007, have stumbled and fumbled my way through life.
My interests include the strange and unusual magical realm, as well as a range of history, folklore, mythology, psychology, and science. If I am not writing, daydreaming or reading, I can be found on my yoga mat, spinning on ice skates, or exploring Hamburg’s many cafes with my partner. I write about the elusive creative muse, writing, mental illness and overcoming grief, queerness, living abroad, and everything else in between. I hope to attract readers who are thirsty to live more creative, authentic, fulfilling, and magical lives.
I am planning on publishing select poetry sometime in 2018 and am also currently working on a memoir.