Welcome to Ceridwen’s Sonnet!

In Welsh legend, Ceridwen—goddess of rebirth and transformation and possessor of a cauldron of poetic inspiration—literally swallowed a man in order to give birth to the first recorded Welsh poet, Taliesin.  Thus, a nation of bards was born.

On Ceridwen’s Sonnet, you’ll find articles on film, poetry, language, fiction, women’s issues, and my own travels and experience as a creative feminist.

A Few Things About Me:

I am a Democratic Socialist born in a Southern state with a rich history and thorny past (and present) when it comes to women and other marginalized groups.  Through a combination of hard work and privilege, I find myself in a position to sing out, hopefully to the benefit of all of all who are marginalized. 

Poetry is my first creative love, and you will certainly find some of it here.  A few of my poetic inspirations include Sharon Olds, Sandra Gilbert, Margaret Atwood, and William Blake. 

Literature follows quite naturally as my second love.  A few of my favorite authors are Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, C.J. Cherryh, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Carol Berg.  If you can’t tell by my taste in literature, I believe Science Fiction and Horror are the creative frontiers of feminism and social change.  You’ll definitely see articles along that line here.

My favorite foods are curry and barbecue, which I like to believe makes me a complex person.

I’m a language nerd.  I’ve studied French and German in the past, and am currently putting my heart and soul into attaining fluency in Welsh, Iaith y Nefoedd, with my Welsh descendant husband, with the aim of raising our children bilingually in English and Welsh.

I love self-study, yoga, Jungian dream interpretation, and personality tests.  I’m a 9 on the Enneagram and an ISFJ per the MBTI.  I believe introspection is a requirement of becoming a whole, spiritually and emotionally responsible person.

This brings me to my Christian faith, without which I believe my point of view would be incomplete.  The environment in which I grew up led me on a complicated journey to my present perspective on my faith.  I could (and probably will) write many words on the subject, but briefly, I believe in a living, inclusive, and socially responsible Gospel.  I hope to follow Jesus’ example and flip some tables with my words.

If your faith or beliefs are different from mine, I believe we can still share the same mission: to fight oppression, marginalization, and suffering in our world.  If that sounds reasonable to you, all the rest is just noise.

That’s me in a nutshell!  If you’d like to know more, stay tuned for further blog posts, or drop me a line on my contact page!