About

Headshot  Lynn HessseLynn Tharp-Hesse has completed her first manuscript based on her law enforcement experiences and how the isms separate us.

Her short story, “Murder: Food For Thought” was published in an anthology by Wising Up Press, Double Lives, Reinvention & Those We Leave Behind.  It is adapted in the short play, “We Hunt Our Young.” The play, with a dance abstract prologue, was workshopped and read through Emory’s Field, Schwartz Center in July 2011.

Another short play by Lynn, “Bam, Karma,” was produced through Cafe Medusa at Seven Stages Theatre in Atlanta in June 2012. “Bam, Karma,” which is about forgiveness, was performed in conjunction with the “Material Witness” art exhibition Sept. 26, 2013 and Nov. 7, 2013 at Agnes Scott College, Dana Fine Arts Exhibition, sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of The Women’s Caucus for Art.

Lynn mother painting

In 2014 her writing appeared on the Atlanta Beltline obelisk, Gateway Production, “24 Grievances.”

She has also taught a Creative Writing Course at Lee Arrendale Prison for Women, Director Wende Balleau. Well-known author Joshilyn Jackson collaborated on the project.

Most Recent:

May 23 & 24th 2015, Decatur Arts Festival at the Decatur Recreational Center, 105 Sycamore Dr. Decatur, Georgia 30032, “Embody The Mother” by Lynn Hesse and Ruth Schowalter. I performed my authored narrative “Fierce Mother.”

In addition, I danced in the following works during 2015 The Decatur Arts Festival: “Papers (Please?)”, Beacon Dance, “Why Dance?” Atlanta InterPlay’s SoulPrint Players, and “Arrangement” by Dancing Flowers for Peace. I danced in these pieces, and in “Embody The Mother” I choreographed “Sali.”

May 2, 2015, Field Showcase performance at Core, “Embody The Mother” with Ruth Schowalter.

April 5, 2015, Art Salon & Playhouse in beautiful Pine Lake, GA, 4641 Ridge Drive, in the big red barn. Ruth Schowalter and I were featured artists. We performed the multimedia performance piece combining visual art, dance, and spoken word in “Embody The Mother.”

Lynn’s short plays, fiction, & poetry have centered on re-framing traumatic events and exploring the role that forgiveness plays in the healing process. A personal interview concerning Lynn’s role as a police officer and her dance performance video, “Blue Steel,” as performed at the 2011 Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, is in The Women’s Studies Archives, The Second Feminist Movement at Georgia State University. She is a member of the dance performance troupes, Dancing Flowers for Peace, SoulPrint player of Atlanta Interplay, and Beacon Dance.

Lynn is a charter member of the International Women Police Association in Georgia and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association, Atlanta Writers Club’s Emory Critique Group. She is a Beacon Dance board member.

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