Reading Our Work Out Loud
I have become a great fan of StoryCorps and The Moth Radio Hour and all the other in-person or online storytelling platforms that allow us to give voice to our tales.
This month, I'm thrilled to have my short story, "The Man on the Train" as one of the four featured narratives at The Drum: A Literary Magazine for Your Ears.
"The Man on the Train" is set in greater Boston where the Irish main character, Lorna, is staying with her married sister.
As a post-deployment NGO nurse, Lorna Walsh is a woman caught between countries, identities, loyalties and loves.
Health and Wellness Writing in Baypath University's MFA Program
This week I'm very excited to get started as an MFA instructor at Baypath University.
Baypath's MFA in Creative Nonfiction is one of the few MFAs degree programs that exclusively focuses on narrative writing.
My students and I are already chatting online, and I predict this will be a great class. I'm particularly honored to be leading an elective, "Health and Wellness Writing," as this topic is so very close to my own heart and reading and research.
Let the writing and discussions begin!
Pres Obama's best advice to all of us: "It's not cool to not know what you're talking about."
Irish Writers in America
"Emigration is a form of wounding oneself." Colum McCann in "Irish Writers in America (CUNY TV)
Pushcart Prize Nomination
Delighted to report that The Drum: A Literary Magazine for Your Ears has nominated my nonfiction essay, 'Sanctuary" for a Pushcart Prize. Read more here. The Pushcart is an annual recognition of the best writing published in U.S. literary magazines.
Best American Essays 2013
Great news! My essay, "Green Card" has been chosen as a "notable" essay in Best American Essays 2013. Others on the "notable" list include John McPhee, David Sedaris, Maxine Kunin, James Rogers, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud and Mary Gordon.
Book Discussion Groups
My second novel, Dance Lessons (Syracuse U.P.) is available in bookstores or online.
Last year, Dance Lessons was shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Awards in the U.K., and secured second place in the Indie Lit Awards. It was also among 20 books selected as a great group read by the U.S. Women's National Book Association.
Writing the Tough Stuff: When Our Writing Makes Us Cry
Check out my latest blog post at Writer with a Day Job.
Letters to My Immigrant Self
For us long-term expats in the U.S., there is a certain disssonance betweeen who were back then (in those early immigrant years) and who we are now. There is also a distinct mismatch between what we thought the U.S. would be and what it really is.
Voila! I wrote and published a series of essays, "Letters to my Immigrant Self." They have been podcast at WordPlaySound, a really spiffy audio literary magazine out of Chicago. Letter 1 and Letter 2 are archived at WPS. Also have a listen to Letter 3 (at 41.34 in the podcast).
Now, I'm interested in expanding this concept to create a multimedia (book, web and audio) anthology, a collection of voices from other immigrants who have made the U.S. their adopted home. Interested in a possible contribution or publishing collaboration? Contact me.