Sheryl Keen

Favorite book and why? (Always interesting to ask a writer this!)

This is hard because there are too many good books but I’ll choose To Kill a Mockingbird. It is still relevant.


What's a skill you're currently trying to perfect?

I am trying to become a more conscious listener – not just hearing the spoken words but the whole message of the person speaking.


Place you'd most like to travel to and why?

Africa, especially Ghana. I think my fore-parents are from there.


What's your favorite family recipe?

I loved my great grandmother’s Mackerel Rundown. I really can’t tell you the recipe in a detailed way because cooking is like a work of art in my family. Nobody cooks from paper; it’s all done from the head and heart. But basically, it is coconut milk, salted mackerel, and seasoning. The coconut milk is boiled down to a thick consistency, then the mackerel is added and then the seasoning. All I can tell you is that it is quite delicious.


What makes you feel accomplished?

Finishing things I started and maybe faltered with along the way – like when I am halfway through my exercise routine and all I want to do is lie on the settee but I go on.


Are you generally an optimist or a pessimist?

I am an optimist. Pessimism is pointless.


What's the one thing you think about the most throughout the day?

Family. If family doesn’t count because everyone thinks about their family throughout the day then my answer would be going through the creative ideas that come into my head for art and writing.


What was the best phase of your life? Why?

High school was great. Nobody ever says that, I know. It was the best of times. There was a feeling of camaraderie, a sense of belonging to something bigger. I went to an all girl high school where we all wore the same uniform, so looking at another classmate was sort of like looking at your own self – a replica.


Ideal Friday night?

Cold Red Stripes and missed episodes of my favourite shows.


Number one thing on your bucket list?

To have my work shown at the Met.



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