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druzelle cederquist*

 


I have lived in West Africa, traveled on four continents, and made my home in varied regions of the U.S. These days my writer window looks out on Austin, Texas. I am a biographer and occasional poet and blogger.

The Story of Baha’u’llah: Promised One of All Religions is a biography of the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. In writing it I used the techniques of fiction to tell a true story – an approach called creative nonfiction – which readers say, “made me feel like I was there.” The website offers further enrichments to augment the book.

What else appeals to me? I love the language of poetry and that we are learning the language of animals.
I am intrigued with the science of minds, that brains change with experience, the human race evolves, and that true religion opens imagination, mind, and heart to fresh, undreamed-of possibilities.



druzelle cederquist

Contact me if you would like an author visit – virtual or in-person – to your reading group or community event. Or share how The Story of Baha’u’llah connects with you. My background includes a B.A. in English Literature, an M.A. concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language, and training as a writing workshop leader.

My creative paradigm image, supported by my blog, suggest principles that take the myth out of what it takes to be creative. Currently I am writing a second biography, ‘Abdu’l-Baha and the Destiny of America, a companion volume to the first. My husband and I enjoy the company of two grown sons and their families. I also enjoy a little travel, a good mystery, and catching up with friends.


*(pronounced Dru-ZEL SEE-der-kwist)

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Poetry
The joy of poetry comes in the subtle gleam of a thing un-earthed – a sliver of insight, a fresh perspective, a new discovery that transforms an old under-standing. Here is a sampling of my own poems, among them Black Butterfly Moon, Oasis, and Naming Ceremony.
Read Poetry

Essays
These essays first appeared as online columns at Religion And Spirituality and The Baha’i Road.
Read Essays

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FAQs
  • What inspired you to write "The Story of Baha'u'llah?"
    Response
    The answer traces back to my own spiritual questions – a questioning that comes to me by inheritance. From the ancestor imprisoned in a Swiss castle dungeon for his religious belief. From his sons who crossed the Atlantic to seek religious freedom in the New World. My own quest led me to investigate the life of Baha’u’llah.
    Read more at

    Journey to a Sacred City

    The Extraordinary Life of Baha’u’llah
  • The Story of Baha’u’llah reads like a novel. Is it all true?"
    Response
    Yes, absolutely. To tell a true story in this vivid way is to write creative nonfiction. I share what it means to this story in Breathing Life into a Body of Facts.
    Click here to read more...
  • What do readers say about The Story of Baha’u’llah?
    Response
    So many good things! See comments from readers old and young, from the curious to the scholar on Reader Reviews.
    Click here to read more...
  • What does it take to be creative?
    Response
    Hard work. Paying attention. Perseverance. Networking. Taking the myth out of what it takes to be creative is what my Creative Strategies paradigm is all about, and a topic of my blog.

    Read more at Luminous Realities: Exploring the Creative Process
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Creative Paradigm

Strategies – Practices – Attitudes
for a Creative Life
and Growing a Writer’s Brain



"A Baha’i Perspective"  with host Warren Odess-Gillett
druzelle cederquist
There are a number of books that describe (the life of) Baha’u’llah, Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. What
is unique about the book that you wrote?”


An east coast interview with radio host Warren Odess-Gillett.

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