Katherine Leverence (aka Kizeal)
Katherine is a writer, nurse, mother of two adult children and wife to Dr. Bob. Her passion is connecting with wise women and sharing life’s lessons. She chose the pen name “Kizeal Brown” after her most distant matrilineal grandmother. She writes to preserve the heritage and create a legacy of feminine wisdom. Katherine was raised in the Catholic faith by devout women who loved the church and God. As an adult she discovered the writings of Sue Monk Kidd and Cynthia Bourgeault, leading her to investigate how women experience God and gendered representations of the Creator. While appreciating the patriarchal context within which Christianity has been preserved, she believes personal faith and spiritual experience are richer than can be described purely in words or contained within institutions and rituals. She embraces a masculine God but understands and appreciates that some prefer non-gendered or feminine representations.
Katherine has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in English literature and language from the University of New Mexico. She spent many years as a hospice and oncology nurse before switching gears and teaching yoga and writing full time. She lives in Gainesville, Florida with her busy husband and two sleepy dogs who like to follow her around the house. Her current adventure is exploring the health advantages of eating only whole foods in three meals a day which is challenging and rewarding. She can’t wait to hear from readers about their wisdom, passions and adventures.