All locations are in Maine, unless otherwise noted.


October 17

Portland Chamber of Commerce, “Women of the Chamber” series featured speaker. I will give a talk entitled the Power of Presence, which will include tips for more effective communication techniques.  


Bay Path University’s Summer Writing Seminar, Dingle, Ireland

I joined authors Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, among other talented writers to serve as faculty in this storybook town on Ireland’s southwest coast.

Jobs for Maine’s Graduates all-staff training day, Sugarloaf, USA: Keynote 


Jobs For America’s Graduates National Training Seminar, Orlando, FL: keynote


Jobs for Maine’s Graduates all-staff training day, Waterville: keynote,


Avesta Housing all-staff training day, Pineland Farms: keynote

Maine College of Art: senior presentation speech training

Black Fly Spring Writing Retreat, Grand Lake Stream: faculty


University of Maine Fort Kent Scholars Symposium: keynote


Guest Author, Live! Word Buzz, Rolling Fatties, Kingfield. There were burritos and beer involved. That’s all I needed to know.


Literary Lunch, Portland Public Library: a conversation with author Catharine Murray about memoir writing and her book Now You See the Sky 


Keynote speaker, Maine Public Relations Council Annual Conference

Open Studio talk, as part of my month-long Monson Arts Residency 

Author talk, in conjunction with my Illustration Institute residency, Peaks Island  

Featured speaker at Fill the Plate Breakfast to benefit Meals on Wheels, sponsored by SeniorsPlus, Western Maine’s designated Agency on Aging

Memoir Instructor, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance annual Black Fly spring writing retreat, Grand Lake Stream 

Guest lecturer, Gifted Young Writers series. A daylong workshop held at Bates College for select Lewiston/Auburn-area high school students. My fourth repeat performance for this group.


Two-week run of my one-woman show, My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother, at the Public Theatre, Lewiston (please click on the “My Mother’s Clothes” button for a full performance history)

27th Annual Maine Geriatrics Conference, Bar Harbor: I performed an abbreviated version of my show and led a discussion group about caregiving and end-of-life issues.

Maine State Bar Association’s Leadership Institute: Conducted a public-speaking intensive for emerging attorneys. 

Maine Health, Farmington: My Mother’s Clothes performance and discussion


Guest lecturer, Stonecoast MFA winter residency

Featured speaker, Belfast (Maine) Book Festival

Maine State Bar Association’s Leadership Institute: public-speaking intensive



“The Unlikely Making of a Maine Writer,” George Stevens Academy Summer Speakers Series, Blue Hill

Maine Festival of the Book: “Laughter From the Underbrush”

"Three Class Acts" an evening of poetry and performance with me, poet Gary Lawless and national slam champ (and former teammate) Taylor Mali to benefit the Cobscook Community Learning Center

"Bath Girls Who Write Books," with author Morgan Callan Rogers, Morse High School and the Patton Free Library, Bath.

“Finding ME” – an original performance piece that tells the story of how two very different women came to call the Pine Tree State home – Strand Theatre, Rockland, August, 2010

Norway Summer Festival, “Poets on the Porch” reading series that included such poetry luminaries as Baron Wormser, Gary Lawless and Arizona Zipper.

York County Retired Educators Association annual meeting

Maine Retired Teachers Association annual meeting

Maine Media Women

Fifth Maine Regiment Museum lecture series, Peaks Island

66th annual Chautauqua-by-the-Sea Writers Conference, Ocean Park

Bath/Brunswick Area Arts and Cultural Alliance reading, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

“Meet a Maine Author,” Carey Memorial Library, Wayne

Sebasco Estates, Phippsburg

Clairemont Hotel, Southwest Harbor

Friends of Scarborough Library annual meeting 


University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Winter Residency: “Take My Workshop… Please: Some Thoughts On Humor Writing,” and paired in the instructor’s evening reading series with author Rick Bass

Pine Manor College Solstice Summer Writers' Conference, “The Power of Place” 

Maine College of Art, memoir-writing program

“Seniors to Seniors,” a memoir-writing program I developed to pair senior citizens and high school seniors to help the elder seniors tell and preserve their life stories. Pilot program sponsored through Graves Library, Kennebunkport, where the students and seniors gave a community presentation in June. 

Maine Writers and Publishers Black Fly spring writing retreat, Grand Lake Stream: memoir writing 

Seniors’ Memoir Workshop, Betsy Ross House, South Portland: a six week intensive on memoir and storytelling that culminated in an open performance reading for residents and staff. Designed to be self-sustaining, the workshop continues with senior participants running the meetings on their own.

Patten Free Library, Bath: memoir-writing workshop in my old hometown

Memoir Writing, Pasco Lecture Series at Graves Library, Kennebunkport

Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA. Performance of My Mother’s Clothes culminated my week as writer-in-residence.


Maine launch of Glorious Slow Going, Portland Museum of Art

Boston launch of Glorious Slow Going, Pucker Gallery, Newbury Street

Author talk, Glorious Slow Going, Camden Public Library. 

Author talk, Glorious Slow Going, Thos. Moser Gallery, Freeport.

Graves Library, Kennebunkport, Pasco Lecture Series

Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture series (2004, 2006 and 2012)

Books & Blooms, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay

L.L. Bean, Maine Coast Books, book signing 

Longfellow Books, Gulf of Maine Books, Books Etc., reading and signing


Panelist on the MPBN program Maine Calling, discussing why we keep stuff and why we have trouble letting go. 

Frequent guest on the WCSH-TV program, “207,” including as a panelist on the “207 Book Club”

Award-winning slam poet and a member of the 1995 Maine Slam Team, which came in fourth at the Slam Nationals

Maine Funeral Director's Association annual meeting. I was the entertainment. I am not kidding.