Today, we’ve got something special on the Michigan Highlanders news page! Author, photographer, and Highland Games athlete, Ken Green, is here to tell us about his latest project–a book of poetry that combines his love of the written word and his eye for visual composition.
Huge congratulations are in order–his book, Inside of Me, released on March 4th of this year.
This book features both your poems and photography. How long have you been writing?
I started writing about 4 or 5 years ago. I was working through a tough time in my life. A good friend of mine read some of my first works and encouraged me to keep writing. The more I wrote, the better I felt. Then, one day, it was just over. It seemed I had nothing more to say. The words stopped coming.
Some time later, that same friend told me what I had written was great and I needed to share it by putting them in a book. So I did. But then, I decided to do something different and shoot pictures that reminded me of each piece of work. That was a lot harder than I thought it would be. But the end result was exactly what I was trying to achieve.
And how long have you been interested in photography?
As far as photography, I was a graphics arts major in school. Shooting pictures has always been a fun hobby. Now as far as the writing, that was a surprise. If someone had told me 10 years ago I would write a book of poetry, I would have laughed out loud.
What’s your favorite poem in the book?
As far as my favorite poem in the book, I would have to say it would be the poem, “Wisdom”. It’s kind of my story, in a way.
How long have you been involved in the Highland Games?
As far as the other side of my life–the Highland games. I have been doing games for 19 years. I’m getting kind of beat up. The typical shoulder problems that come with this sport. Some days are better than others. But I can’t see myself not doing games and spending time with my Highland family. Highland athletes are some of the best people you would ever want to meet. As real as they come.
Being a Highland Games athlete is more of who I am, more than what I do. My family came over from Scotland around 1904. MacDonald of Clanranald.
What’s next for you–more poetry?
I’m not sure if I will ever write any more. But I have been thinking about a book of photos of some of the great places and sites of this great state of ours. I love the outdoors. And traveling as much as I can. I have been to Scotland twice. Both for Highland World Master’s Championships. What an amazing experience.
Care to share a little more about yourself?
I am the superintendent of a 65-acre cemetery in Lansing. The company I work for owns parks all over the country. I have been working there for 37 years. I was going to school to be an architect but got married and had my amazing daughter, Lauren. So school got put on hold. But I have no regrets at all. I have a great daughter and great friends and family, so I am a lucky man. I lead a simple life. My daughter, my work and my Highland Games. A dram of good scotch and a cigar is always a nice break once in awhile.
What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
I really do hope people like what I have done with this book and hopefully understand what it’s saying.
If you’d like to check out Ken’s poetry and photography, you can pick up your very own copy of his book. Just click on the link below!
And if you’d like to have Ken sign it, just bring it with you to the Alma Highland Festival, Gaylord Highland Games, Saline Celtic Festival, Sparta Celtic Festival, or The Michigan Renaissance Festival. He’ll also have copies of his books available for purchase at each venue.