Appearances, 2019  

All locations are in Maine, unless otherwise noted.

Bay Path University’s Summer Writing Seminar, Dingle, Ireland. I will join authors Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, Mia Gallagher, Leanna James Blackwell, Mark McLoughlin, Tommy Shea and Suzanne Strempek Shea to serve as faculty in August. Oh yes, I’m just a little bit excited.

January 26

How to Frame a Life: a Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance-sponsored memoir-writing workshop 

January 30

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

March 13

Tall Tales, Sugarloaf U.S.A. – the launch of a new live Maine storytelling series in which I serve as director and emcee.


March 14

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

May 2-5

Memoir Instructor, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance annual Black Fly Spring Writing Retreat, Grand Lake Stream. 


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, 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.


27th Annual Maine Geriatrics Conference, Bar Harbor: I performed my one-woman 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” 

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. 

Black Fly spring writing retreat, Grand Lake Stream: memoir writing 

Seniors’ Memoir Workshop, Betsy Ross House, South Portland

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 Maine Public's radio program Maine Calling

Frequent guest on the WCSH-TV program, “207" and 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.