Deena C. Bouknight writes for national and international consumer and trade magazines, as well as for general interest and regional magazines. Locally, she writes for The State newspaper, Columbia Metropolitan magazine, Columbia Living, and Reach Out Columbia.
She has completed two literary novels, Broken Shells and Playing Guy. Broken Shells was published in August 2013; Playing Guy is awaiting publication. Deena has published one children’s book, Our Wintry Day Walk (Trafford), and was a contributor for Portraits of Grace: North Carolina Churches (Our State Books), Humor for a Sister’s Heart (Howard Publishing), and The Big Book of Christmas Joy (Howard Publishing).
She began teaching writing and literature, as well as history, at Covenant Classical Christian School in 2012 after teaching homeschooled students privately and at Excelsior Academy for eight years.
She has a degree in English and Journalism from High Point University and a Certificate of Literature from Cambridge University in England.
She is a director at Prosperity Project, an inner-city tutoring and mentoring program in Columbia, as well as on the board of Haiti Under God (HUG), a missions organization.
Deena resides in Columbia with her husband, Gary, adopted daughter, Madeline, and adopted son, Justin.