Áine Greaney

Irish Author

Leading Creative Writing Workshops and Writing Stuff for 20+ years.

North Shore of Boston via Ireland


Getting ready to go on air at “The Morning Show” on WJOP, Newburyport

Getting ready to go on air at “The Morning Show” on WJOP, Newburyport

Last week I was interviewed on the morning show of our local radio station. My host asked some smart and thoughtful questions. Have a listen here.

It’s here! “Green Card,” A Collection of Essays on Immigration

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Where to Pre-order or Buy Green Card

Green Card and Other Essays is available from the publisher’s website and from Amazon.

Also, if you live on the North Shore of Massachusetts (or you’re here for a visit), Jabberwocky Books, our wonderful independent bookstore, has copies for sale.

Early Reviews of Green Card & Other Essays

Praise for Green Card from Sandra Hunter, Author, Trip Wires

Aine Greaney’s deft, subtle, and deceptively quiet essays lead from the every day incident to the heart-breaking but never sentimental examination of the nexus of identity and “home.” She dexterously shows the immigrant glancing back to her past even as she looks to the uncertainties of the present and hope of acceptance. In this collection, the reader can also find that the foreign becomes warmly familiar.

Praise for Green Card from James Silas Rogers, author,  Irish-American Autobiography and editor, New Hibernia Review 

True, this book is a delight to read—but please don’t let the good humor, the deft turns of phrase, the endearing bemusement, and obvious likeability of the author fool you: Green Card is an acutely serious contribution to the literature of immigration in our times. 

Áine Greaney’s deeply interior vignettes also look outward, asking us to rethink something  at the heart of the American experience, the psychic and societal consequences of being an American–in-process in a nation that is itself in process.

Green Card’s title essay was a notable in Best American Essays, while the essay, “Sanctuary” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Here’s an article at Books by Women on how to collect our shorter works into a full-length manuscript for publication.

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Irish Writers in America

Watch this series in which CUNY Television profiles eight Irish and Irish-American writers, including Colum McCann, Anne Enright and Edna O'Brien.

"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.  

Check out the 2013 anthology (selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed) and the list of us notablists, selected by series editor Robert Atwan

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. 

Want to set up a program for your conference, school, library or arts group? Contact me. Or see some sample student and directors' evaluations

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.

Writers conferences, keynotes and book clubs

Read this student review from the 2013 Unicorn Writers Conference.  Check out other past and upcoming venues.

Purchase "Writer with a Day Job" at your local independent bookstore or here.

To discuss a program for your conference, school, library or arts group, contact me. 

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