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Writing As Deciphering

Jackie Henrion: Writing to decipher, construct and communicate reality.
Jackie Henrion

Jackie Henrion has been the host of weekly radio show Songs-Voices-Poems on 88.5 KRFY in Sandpoint, Idaho since 2014. She is most interested in the way we decipher, construct, and communicate our views of reality. In a world which seems increasingly torn apart by diverging views, she strives to discover common roots such as those found in songs and poetry. Since aural traditions pre-date written, her discussion of voice quality also touches on psychological and spiritual resonance which may intrigue or soothe. 


Her diverse background as a child of artists in Greenwich Village, absorbing aspects of fine arts, music, philosophy, and psychology gives her an intellectual and inquisitive perspective. After earning an undergraduate degree in psychology, she put it to work in a twenty year career in male-dominated business which emphasized quantitative and analytic skills, earning an MBA at the University of Puget Sound and an executive position until her retirement in 1995. 


At that point in time Henrion returned to her roots as a singer/songwriter issuing two albums, available on the internet and iTunes, along with a third as yet unpublished. For the next two decades she studied, wrote, published, and performed covers and original songs, becoming an ASCAP artist, only stopping when her voice became unreliable.


Undeterred, she continued her study in poetry and creative writing, earning an MFA at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in 2018. Her first book was released by Turtle Moon Publishing in 2019. In 2021 she wrote the introduction for Randy Roark's Poet's Apprentice Vol 1, an authoritative recount of his time as Alan Ginsberg's archivist. Tempered by Roark's long career as editor and archivist for the organization Sounds True, the perspective is unique and insightful. She has done close readings for other Naropa alumnae, such as Kirpal Gordon and Jim Cohn.



In 2022 Henrion instigated a project to collect the best of works from the Sandpoint Monday Writers. As a member of the woman's free-writing group for almost fifteen years, she collected, edited and wrote an introduction for the book Sandpointed. Turtle Moon again chose to publish it consistent with their mission of highlighting women's stories. 


Recently she has moved to St. George, Utah, where the cinematic topography inspires her as she hopes to foment more writing and poetry projects and groups. 88.5 KRFY continues to re-broadcast from her library of shows on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. 






A Weaving of Women

Rerooted is a fictionalized story based on the life of Marie Root. It portrays a woman who escapes a brutal marriage in Michigan via the recently completed Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1908 she arrives at the lakeside logging and mining town of Hope, Idaho. Her survival depends on making choices common to other women in history. Ultimately she seizes the opportunity to rescue the Hotel Hope from a gambling debt, stamping her own brand on its “hospitality services.” 


    • Available locally at Vanderford's Books, 201 Cedar St, Sandpoint, Idaho by calling (208) 263-2417
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Publisher:                                  Turtlemoon Publishing

                                                    Contact: Turtlemoonpub@gmail.com

Agent and Opportunities:       Stephen Garvan

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Author:                                      Contact@jackiehenrion.com


Press:  (Click for link)

Giant Steps Press Blog 6/23/16

Naropa Magazine Fall 2017

Sandpoint Reader - At The Root of It All by Lyndsie Keibert 8/22/19

Book Release Party 8/25/19

Assembling The Pieces: Review by Shayna Sengstock 11/15/19

Montana/Idaho Senior Independent - Hope In History by Carrie Scozzaro 2/4/20 

Song Publication by Bonner County Human Rights Task Force 2021

"You Make The Culture" Newsletter (Substack) by Jackie Henrion 2022