enna morgan (aka: j.a. morgan) is an avid traveller with a passion for art, dance, language, and cultural thought. Beginning at an early age, she has travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean and South America, then later in North America, Europe and Asia. While residing in various countries, she spent many years researching cultural thought and language, concurrent with maintaining her finger on the pulse of dance, design, literature, and photography.
Years after migrating to the USA, she settled upon Seattle as a home base, after exploring possibilities in New York, Los Angeles, Texas, and Monterey. Enna resided for more than two decades in Seattle, Washington. She completed her higher education at the Art Institute of Seattle, then later The University of Washington, while working as a freelance designer and milliner for various stores, in Belltown, 6th Avenue, Pike Place, Madison Avenue and Capitol Hill. Fueling her 13-year stint as a designer was the wave of eclecticism she cultivated as she continued to reside and study design concepts in India, Italy, and various South American countries.
Concurrent with this, she enlisted in the US Army, completing her first term in the medical field, then a second in Military Intelligence. This led to a particular inquiry into social work, social consciousness, and praxeology, which she pursued ardently, while occupying her spare time as a legal assistant and as a volunteer guardian ad litem for women and children at the Regional Justice Centre in Seattle, and with the Navjeevan Centre in the Red Light District of Mumbai, India.
Fascinated by the theories of power and policy espoused by Foucault, Bentham, and Habermas, and the polity of binary relations proffered by Marx, Gramsci, and Bauman, she pursued a master’s degree in Public Action with a concentration in International Relations, at the University of Washington.
As her lifelong guiding principles have always resided with the Vedic doctrine, and the Buddhist sutras, the underpinnings of j.a.morgan’s ethos and dharma, has been on a consistent course, which has always reflected the organic path to ‘truth’ practised and purported by Mohandas Ghandi. It was no coincidence then that she shied away from the polemical discourse after years of exhaustive engagements in legal and military professions.
Post graduation, preferring a simple lifestyle, one that precludes the circular and enigmatic characteristics of politics, she decided to utilise her skills in a more gratifying way, and thus began her pedagogical journey in the international programs at Pacific Lutheran University and Seattle Central Community College; this then led to other pursuits and engagements on the international landscape.
Morgan later moved to Argentina to embrace her love for Argentine tango, while teaching preparation courses for the British and American examinations in various companies in Capital Federal, Buenos Aires. Eighteen months later, she accepted a post in Beijing, China, where she lectured at the Beijing Hospitality Institute in Tourism and Hospitality English, and privately tutored the TOEFL and IELTS examinations courses, and English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
Enna returned to the US to focus on honing her skills in acting, modelling, and dance. She continues to fill the downtime with travelling, observing, and researching, while taking a moment to breathe, create, and write. She continues to utilise her design abilities by redesigning/flipping houses, and to challenge herself with autodidactic sessions in piano and singing; she can be found occasionally at a karaoke bar in Indy, in between live performances at the Interactive Dinner Detective show in Indy, or an on-set filming of a movie, TV series, or video commercial around the US.
Throughout all endeavours and activities, Enna continues to examine, analyse, and deconstruct the anatomy of power and the polemics of relational beings, while seeking to investigate and glean……the illusive and obscure elements of ‘truth,’ or, as she term it the ‘conditional reality.’
2016 Postscript: Enna currently resides in Beijing, China, where she combines her love for drama and pedagogy in her new adventure – teaching drama at Dreamaker Drama Academy, Chaoyang, Beijing.
In her writing, enna morgan brings to life the characters she has encountered in her travels, and the situations and scenarios she has experienced. She pierces at the heart of gender politics, while advocating for society’s underrepresented sectors. The Traveling Lite series, a gender-free publication, is dedicated to the liberation of the self, within the confines of the bounded, relational, societal self.
This series will continue its objective – to view the world through philosophical lens and to highlight the (not so) latent subjugation that is resident within our modern, liberal society.
Her current book-in-progress highlights the issue of domestic violence and chronicles the life of a school teacher with the Indian community in Guyana (formerly British Guiana). Throughout her teaching within and outside of the classroom, enna morgan’s message remains constant:
knowledge as a passport for individual sovereignty, and awareness as the single determiner of and delineation between power and powerlessness.
We live, we laugh, we cry, and sometimes we don’t laugh enough; then time goes by and we forget how to live; and eventually we find that we spend a lot of time perfecting that which we practise a lot – how to cry.
How ironic that is, considering that crying is the first sound we made when we entered into this world…….are we thus endogenously programmed? Is it a cultivated cellular response, or a volitional choice? I wager that it is the latter.
Life is a choice that we must make every day! Whatever your situation, choose laughter, it lifts the heart, and rejuvenates the soul.
Honestly, what could have been a revolting story, you somehow made beautiful… and for just a moment, maybe even acceptable. I do understand “the moment”, however, one might hope that good would conquer evil, or that rationality and values would win over impulsive wants and needs.
However, I thoroughly enjoyed your honest sharing of your experience. You are a talented and beautiful writer! Additionally, I understand your history that most likely played a major role in your decision. You have been through a lot. Even in light of what I would normally judge as “immoral”, I have respect for you.
You truly have a special ability to communicate quite beautifully through your writing. I believe you could make one believe a lemon tastes sweet!
Charley K., The Tacoma Writers Group: “The vocabulary used is a bit taxing, that’s a good thing; if I have to go look up a word in a dictionary that means I’m expanding myself.”
John Peterson, (Former) Professor of English, University of Washington: “A very lyrical, imaginative, and poetic style of writing; she reminds me of Jamaica Kincaid”
Leslie R., Rice Photography :“Her skills as a wordsmith shine, her flow is fluid, her descriptions are visceral, her beginnings are intriguing, and her endings are strong. Overall, I have always found her writings to be compelling and provocative.”
Jerry Finn, Editor of Social Work Journal of Ethics and Professor of Social Work, University of Washington: “A writer with a very beautiful writing style, I had hoped that she would have agreed to write fiction.” more reviews………