Since 2014, as host of KRFY 88.5 free-form show “Songs-Voices-Poems,” Henrion writes a fifteen hundred word themed script around songs and poetry each week. Henrion is an ASCAP singer-songwriter drawing from experience and contacts in both the music industry and poetic studies as an MFA graduate of Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
Her writing is infused with contemplative practices in Yoga and Vipassana meditation and Mindfulness. Henrion’s poems and arts-related essays have been published in Beats, Bombay Gin (Summer 2019), Sandpoint Reader, Coeur D’Alene and Yareah Magazines.
Henrion lives and writes along the shore of Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho. The contradictions of her experiences fuel her writing: raised by professional artists in New York’s Greenwich Village, an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bates, a twenty-year executive career in Fortune 500 companies, an MBA from University of Puget Sound, twenty years as a singer/songwriter, an asset portfolio manager, and an MFA in creative writing. Her first book, Rerooted, was published July 2019.
Rerooted (Turtle Moon Publishing) is a multi-genre, conceptual work with feminist intent.
It is a fictionalized biography based on the life of Marie Root, proprietor of the historic Hotel Hope in Northern Idaho from 1920 to 1968. During it’s history, the hotel offered ‘extended’ hospitality services for travelers along the Northern Pacific Railroad. It portrays a woman’s choices and observations in order to survive in an early 20th century logging, mining, and fishing town. Her success and growing awareness is based in the broadening influences from Native American, French and Chinese mentors. The text is disrupted by insertions from history, psychology and philosophy, making it a conceptual work permeable to the reader’s connections and interpretations. In this way it illustrates a “constructed way of knowing” as suggested by the pivotal 1986 book “Women’s Ways of Knowing.”