Kiki Winslow

What if you were presented with the opportunity to embark on the hero’s journey?

As a dedicated storyteller, I’ve always found the monomyth deeply compelling, recognizing its vast potential for narrative exploration. My writing spans a diverse spectrum, from crafting content that highlights the tales of community members to weaving enchanting fairy tales and recounting cherished childhood memories. I am also engaged in a unique endeavor– transforming written stories into American Sign Language narratives through visual vernacular. Currently my role with The Salvation Army enables me to produce content tailored to various audiences and platforms, amplifying the organizations message and advocating for the vital services it provides to our community. I currently have pending pieces for publication in academic, creative and non-fiction genres. 

Above all, I am enamored with books; writing what will someday be a published novel, reading a range of genres, and collecting a vast number of science fiction and fantasy paperbacks. I spend most of my money in second-hand bookstores and far too much time digging through boxes and looking over shelves of thrift stores and garage sales. 

I graduated with the distinction in writing and the undergraduate research distinction from Grand Valley State University. As a student I delved deeply into the study of storytelling structures, particularly the monomyth. During the Library Summer Scholar’s Program I  examined the many ways the framework is being applied to everyday situations. My scholarly journey continued through the McNair Scholars Program, where I explored the memetic evolution of fairy tales and their narrative structures. These diverse experiences honed my ability to craft captivating narratives tailored to diverse audiences and adaptable across various platforms. 

I am presently engaged as a mentee in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) West Michigan Chapter’s Mentor Program. Additionally, I proudly serve as the Marketing Co-Chair for the Young Nonproft Professionals Network of Grand Rapids. My commitment to professional development is evident through my memberships in esteemed organizations such as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids, Grant Professionals Association, and Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

Winslow Interpreting

Fluent in American Sign Language, Kristie is a CODA, or Child of Deaf Adults (Mother Father Deaf) and has been signing her entire life. She brings 8 years of professional experience in interpreting to the West Michigan community, spanning from 2006- 2013, specializing in both community and educational settings. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Writing and English Language and Literature from Grand Valley State University in 2021, with a distinction in writing and creative scholarship designation.

In 2022-2023, Kristie immersed herself in Sorenson Communications’ COMPASS Interpreting Training Program for CODAs and heritage signers. There,  she honed her signing skills, expanded her extralinguistic knowledge, and fortified her ethical foundation in interpretation. Building upon this, she  undertook Western Oregon University’s Protactile Theory Certificate Course through the Protactile Language Interpreting National Education Program from 2023 to 2024.  Currently, she is engaged in Idaho State University’s Promoting Equity in Healthcare Interpreting Self-Directed Path, furthering her commitment to professional growth. 

Her commitment to professional development is evident through her memberships in esteemed organizations such as the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and Michigan Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. 

Kristie currently holds a BEI I Basic Certification in the State of Michigan.