Coming in spring 2019: “Green Card,” A Collection of Essays on Immigration
Praise for Green Card from James Silas Rogers, author, Irish-American Autobiography and editor, New Hibernia Review
Green Card’s title essay was a notable in Best American Essays, while the essay, “Sanctuary” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Listen to me reading this title essay at The Drum: A Literary Magazine for Your Ears.
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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.