About Me — Taressa Watson

How I came to write from Pele’s rainforest.

Taressa Watson
About Me Stories

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Kilauea Crater at night — by Taressa Watson

A few weeks back

I was invited by Quy Ma to write an “About Me Article.” I don’t find it easy to write about myself, so I kept putting it off. When I finally nudged myself into starting, my first attempt turned into two days of cathartic writing.

“BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.”

I don’t think my descendants would want to read the biographical sawdust I was spinning, so why would any other readers?

I started over.

Here is the condensed version of “Who Are You?” and “What Do You Write?”

My name is Taressa Watson. I live and write in Volcano, Hawaii which is located near the summit of Kilauea in the Ola’a Rainforest. Our little community of Volcano Village exists because people have been coming to explore Volcanoes National Park and the Volcano for as long as there have been human inhabitants on these islands.

The largest mountains making up the Island of Hawaii — Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea — are sacred places to Hawaiians. In their traditions, Kilauea is the home of the Goddess Pele. There is an atmosphere of creative spiritual energy present in this place. What else would you expect of a location where new land is constantly…

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Taressa Watson
About Me Stories

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