My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother:
May: Stage Left Studio, New York City. Two performances to full houses marked my New York City debut.
June: St. Lawrence Arts, Portland: Three back-to-back sold-out houses. Even then, we were turning people away at the door.
June: Stonington Opera House: Another full house in this august venue at the tip of Deer Isle.
Teaching and Talks:
Maine College of Art, Continuing Studies (2015): memoir writing
“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
(Please see My Mother’s Clothes page for pre-2015 production history)
Memoir Writing, Pasco Lecture Series at Graves Library, Kennebunkport
Panelist on the MPBN program Maine Calling, discussing why we keep stuff and why we have trouble letting go.
September: two return shows at St. Lawrence Arts. Sunday matinee followed by a curtain talked titled: "Why Do We Keep Stuff?"
June: sold-out return to St. Lawrence Arts, Portland
February: 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.
“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
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)
"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
Contestant in various literary-themed events: Literary Death Match (victor), Literary Jeopardy (goat), Slant (a “Moth”-style storytelling event), and a featured reader during Banned Books week
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
Books & Blooms, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay
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
Frequent guest on the WCSH-TV program, “207,” including as a panelist on the “207 Book Club”
L.L. Bean, Maine Coast Books, book signing
Longfellow Books, Gulf of Maine Books, Books Etc., reading and signing
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.
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”