About Denise

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If you’re curious about how my life fell apart (and why I decided to hit the road), please visit the Quirky Vision Quest page


I’m Denise Kodi, writer, misfit, expellee, activist, speaker and teacher.

Denise Kodi

I survived a double-whammy upbringing of evangelicalism and uber-strict fundamentalism and was proudly expelled from two schools. I can laugh about it now, but for years I was complete and total mess. I had to overcome a host of damaging belief-systems and try to figure out how I really wanted to live this life.

I created this blog to encourage others to beat the self-defeating beliefs that plague them. Since I’m a writer I often share this via the writer’s journey: the fears that hold us back, the actions that help us move forward. Occasionally I expose my own vulnerable moments, because I have them andĀ sometimes it helps readers know they’re not alone.

Sometimes I interview people whose courage, compassion, insight and talents are helping to make this world a better place. I’m also inspired by other people’s stories of overcoming adversity. If you have one you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. Visit theĀ Contact page and get in touch.


My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crack the Spine, Poem Memoir Story, The Sun, Progenitor and elsewhere.

I’m also the author of BLESSED, a brutal and brutally funny memoir about growing up in an evangelical home with a mysterious past and a family curse. The book is represented by Ms. Julia Kenny at Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency.

Visit my website: www.denisekodi.com for

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