Ken Brack is a narrative nonfiction author whose passion is conveying the struggles of people who undergo tough ordeals and transform their lives by finding a new purpose.
His forthcoming full-length work, The Ten-Year Quilt, chronicles the experiences of families who endure catastrophic loss or other trauma, and while facing their pain forge a response that helps others. Their stories are uplifting and offer an emotional intimacy threaded by the author’s experience losing his oldest son in a car crash. While contorted and occasionally ripped open again like an old scar, Brack’s outlook is ultimately optimistic.
He is a longtime journalist and former high school English teacher in Boston. Previously an editor at business publisher Reed Business Information, Ken also reported for newspapers in New England including The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Ma., the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, ME., and freelanced for others such as the Boston Sunday Globe West Weekly. He is an occasional contributor to The Huffington Post’s Education section and guest blogger for publications including Philanthropy Journal and the Pan-Mass Challenge web site. He earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Northeastern University and a B.A. in English at the University of Maine.
He is a sporadic poet, lifelong guitarist, landscaper and organic gardener, a sailor of Buzzards Bay who also finds solace in Machias Bay, and a proud father and husband.
His LinkedIn profile is http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ken-brack/18/15b/b67
Ken’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org. His author’s page on Facebook is www.facebook.com/authorkenbrack
In 2008 Denise and Ken Brack created a bereavement an educational center called Hope Floats in Kingston, Ma., born in part from the loss of their son Michael in 2002. They established a non-profit foundation and center in a restorative, retreat setting where people can deal with their life struggles and improve their wellness. Having learned how such a loss can be devastating and isolating, the couple wanted to offer support and resources for others going through similar crises.
Hope Floats’ mission remains focused on two core areas: providing free support groups, fee-based counseling, and healing workshops to help people grieve or face other struggles; and offering wellness classes and retreats with practitioners experienced in an array of mind-body-spirit healing arts. Most of the support services are for adults going through loss of a child, a partner or spouse, and suicide loss, while the Bracks also plan to offer more groups and services for children and teens in the near future. Denise Brack is the center’s executive director and visionary, while Ken assists with operational planning and maintenance.
Denise and Ken continue to be lifted up by people who find help and revitalize themselves at Hope Floats. The center has given emotional, therapeutic and wellness supports to some 3,000 individuals while growing organically. In 2014 it is affiliated with five experienced counselors and many practitioners licensed in a variety of wellness and healing practices. The center continues to expand its partnership with Cranberry Area Hospice of Plymouth, which provides incredible support groups and family programs, and Hope Floats is connected to a larger community of bereavement centers and practitioners through leading centers in Massachusetts and the National Alliance for Grieving Children.