Roberta Kuriloff is a writer, author, speaker, community activist and former attorney. She has published Everything Special, Living Joy, prose and poems to inspire. Her book is about how we look at life: the glass half-empty or half-full. The name was inspired by Charlotte Joko Beck’s book, Nothing Special, Living Zen. A short story she wrote, Unearthing Home, was published in the Spring 2020 issue of Yellow Arrow Publishing Journal called “Home.” Another short story, called Musings on the Word Atonement was published in the anthology called “Art in the Time of Unbearable Crisis” published by She Writes Press in 2022.
Her memoir, Framing a Life: Building the Space to be Me, is now available. With humor and poignancy, it takes readers along an inspiring journey of self-discovery as Roberta finds that home is less a physical place than an intrinsic sense of self, an unshakable foundation of the heart and soul. With courage and perseverance, grieving the end of a seven-year relationship, Roberta is uprooted from the world she knows. Starting over alone, she embarks on a quest to build a home in the woods of Maine. As the foundation is laid and the walls go up, Roberta reconstructs a life, one grounded in childhood loss, abandonment, and in adulthood as a feminist lesbian and attorney. Another intimate death shakes her to her core leading to an eight-year spiritual search to understand her Jewish roots, the Kabbalah, Buddhism, reincarnation and the psychic encounters she was experiencing.
As a child living in an orphanage she dreamed of being Superman’s daughter flying above earth to save the world’s disenfranchised children, or being the Pied Piper leading the other kids back to their family homes. In later life her legal work centered on families in emotional and financial crisis. She is a founding member of two domestic violence projects as well as an elderly services organization, and was a Hospice patient-volunteer and bereavement workshop facilitator. In between her community work, she makes time to enjoy her passions for writing and dance.
She and her spouse, Bernice, have been together for 28 years and happily married since 2013. They live in the home she built in the woods of Maine.