Collected Essays, Articles and Interviews
Below is a list of my recent publications or check out my complete portfolio at Contently.
When Even Word Fail (In the wake of the 2016 election) at Cognoscenti, WBUR, Boston's NPR station.
"For more than four decades, I’ve been practicing a homegrown version of bibliotherapy, the act of finding comfort and clarity in literature and writing. Since November 9, that effort has failed me." Read the entire essay here.
Trump Rallies: The Damage Will Outlast the Next Presidency at The Huffington Post blog.
A closet Full of America: Playing Dress Up in an Irish Farmhouse at Cognoscenti, WBUR, Boston's NPR Station
Coming To America: The White, English Speaking Immigrant's Lesser Burden, at Cognoscenti, WBUR, Boston's NPR Station
Can Books Convert Us? At Books Ireland Magazine
Ireland Has Learned to Speak About The Loss of Emigration, at The Irish Times' Generation Emigration
Green Card (Best American essays cited) audio version at The Drum: A Literary Magazine For Your Ears
Strangers When We Meet: at Cognoscenti, WBUR, Boston's NPR Station
Ireland and Me at The Irish Times' Generation Emigration
Valentine's Day: My Preachable, Teachable Holiday at Mainfest-Station.
The Obama Girls and "Showing Class" at Medium
How would human empathy impact the abortion debate? at Cognoscenti, WBUR, Boston's NPR Station
I'm Not Judi Dench at The Feminist Wire
The Greatest Shows on Earth: The Case for Arts Education at Edutopia
Getting Here. Working Here at Forbes Women
How Irish is Too Irish? At the Irish Times Generation Emigration
Read my essay on Valentine’s Day in the Boston Globe Magazine.
Recent Guest Blogs, Interviews
Interview At 'The Fem' Magazine
Irish 'Mommy Dearest' Character as a Literary Trope at Books and Movies
Excerpt: In his memoir, "Angela’s Ashes," the late Frank McCourt wrote that “the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood.”
Is it the same for mothers—as in, the Irish mother we write about? Is the nurturing mother “hardly worth your while?” And by extension, is the profane or violent mother – Irish and otherwise – worthy of a book or movie? Read the entire essay at Books and Movies.
Interview at Write Angles
On being an immigrant writer at Books in the City.
“What Rejection Teaches Us” at Lori’s Reading Corner.
Author interview at The Writer's Place.
Author interview at Petchonka
Guest post, "Refinding Your Writing Groove" at Savvy Verse and Wit
Article in The Newburyport Daily News
Article at Newburyport Today
Article on the 2008 Newburyport Literary Festival
Joel Brown of the Boston Globe writes on local authors and the Newburyport Literary Festival.
The Norwood Daily Transcript captures the spirit of a wonderful evening & discussion at Norwood Public Library, Norwood, Mass.