Anna Dunwell

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About Me

I'm a writer. My story Paradise Lies: A Modern Slave Narrative is about my amazing journey to authenticity. I share my experiences and how I found my voice, hoping to encourage others by my story. I was a recipient of a Grant in Aid to Artists for Writing (1975), Money for Women Fund (1982), and Line Inc. Grant for Writing (1983). I majored in American and English Literature at Hunter College, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Massachusetts Teaching Credential from Boston University.

Along the way I have embraced vocations for social change. I'm a Kripalu trained Yoga
Teacher and hold a Faculty Appointment as a Clinical Yoga Instructor of Family Medicine from Boston University Medical School. I've taught yoga, meditation and writing workshops in my yoga studio Soul Sanctuary when I lived in Massachusetts, and also taught at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and other medical, and community health centers, libraries, prisons, churches, schools and colleges, women and children's shelters, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health's Women of Color Yoga Retreats and Wellness Programs for the Black Women's Health Initiative.

I moved to North Carolina in 2015 to be near family and to write full time. I live with Ernesto a mixed Maine Coon and Norweigian Forest cat; two Yorkies, Thunder and Thor; and Sebastian and Viola, two sibling rescue cats.

I've been a life long student of the arcane, eclectic, and alternative. My favorite colors are poppy, lime green and a color somewhere between cobalt and prussian blue. Bumper stickers that have adorned by car in the past are "Stay Humble" and "Everything is Connected".

My friends say nice things about me. They call me a force of nature, a Renaissance woman. I bring a charismatic warmth, wisdom, humor, and articulate intelligence to my writing and my life. People describe me as “really funny”, “magnificent”, “heart warming”, “professional”, “touching”, “committed”, “generous” , gentle”, “compassionate”, gentle”, and a “weaver of words”. I wrote and endorse this message."

Anna Dunwell, MFA, Writer and Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, E-RYT,
Director and Founder, Soul Sanctuary South, Durham NC
Faculty Appointment Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine
at Boston University School of Medicine,
Former Yoga Instructor Boston Medical Center (2006 - 2013),
Yoga Instructor Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies,
Dana Farber Cancer Institute (2013-2014)
Lift Every Voice Publishing Company

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