About Denise

Welcome. Thanks for visiting.

I’m Denise Kodi, a writer, blogger, 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 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.

I’m 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. At times heart-wrenching and joyful, BLESSED captures this odd life through a child’s curiosity, resiliency and search for meaning.

BLESSED is represented by Ms. Julia Kenny at Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency.

For more info please check out my website: www.denisekodi.com



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