Áine Greaney


Boston author and essayist from Ireland

Collected Essays, Articles and Interviews

Recent Essays

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

On journaling, therapeutic writing, honoring the private self at Handwritten

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

Keep Calm and Carry On Being American. Yes, But Do We Remember How? 

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

Sanctuary (Pushcart nominated) published in The Drum: A Literary Magazine for Your Ears (first published in the anthology, Paige Leaves: Essays Inspired by New England)

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

Recent Articles 

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.





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