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Invited Speakers

Michael Patrick MacDonald Author ‘All Souls: A Family Story from Southie’ & ‘Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion’

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Michael Patrick MacDonald
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Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and the acclaimed Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion. He has been awarded an American Book Award, A New England Literary Lights Award, and a fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study Center. MacDonald has written a number of essays and short stories, including The Resurrection of Cornelius Larkin, an immigrant’s tale written for the Dropkick Murphy’s theme album: “Going Out in Style.” He is completing the screenplay for All Souls and is working on his third non fiction book.

As an activist he has focused efforts on multi-cultural coalition building to reduce violence, and on promoting grassroots leadership from the community. He founded Gun Buyback programs & local support groups which gave voice to adult and youth survivors of poverty, violence, and the drug trade.

As a Public Speaker he addresses: “The Legacy of South Boston Crime Boss Whitey Bulger, “ “Our Common Ground: Race & the Unspoken Issue of Class in America;” “Grassroots Organizing to Reduce Guns, Violence, and Drugs;” and “ Finding Your Voice: Helping Young People to Transform Trauma into Leadership.”

Michael Patrick MacDonald currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. He serves as Author-in-Residence at Northeastern University’s Honors Program, where he teaches: “Writing & Social Justice Issues” and “Conflict & Reconciliation” every Fall. He is also Guest Lecturer at California State University, Northridge CA during the Spring.

Michael Patrick MacDonald's author website

James Silas Rogers

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James Silas Rogers

James Silas Rogers is director of the University of St Thomas Center for Irish Studies. He edits the multidisciplinary journal of Irish Studies New Hibernia Review, a peer-reviewed quarterly that also publishes essays, memoirs, and new poems. He was president of the American Conference for Irish Studies from 2009 to 2011.

Rogers’s scholarly publications focus on Irish-American literature, with a particular interest in memoir. His articles have appeared in such places as Studies: An Irish Quarterly, the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, and in New Perspectives on the Irish Diaspora (Carbondale: SIU Press, 2001).

In 2009, Irish Academic Press published After the Flood: Irish America, 1945-1960, which Rogers co-edited with Matthew O’Brien. Earlier this year, Dufour Editons released Extended Family: Essays on Being Irish American from New Hibernia Review, a collection of first-person writing from the journal, for which he wrote a lengthy introduction. Peter Quinn, the author of Looking for Jimmy, has called the book “a milestone in the long day’s journey of Irish America from cliché, caricature, and scholarly neglect to a true accounting of its important role in the making of our country’s multicultural identity.” He is currently developing a collection of his critical articles on Irish –American autobiography, which will be published by Arlen House of Galway.  In addition, he has published several essays on the celebrated New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell.

Rogers’s poems have appeared in numerous publications, among them Nimrod, Spiritus, and Poetry East­. His chapbook Sundogs was published by Parallel Press in 2006. He has published creative nonfiction in various literary periodicals, including Ascent, South Dakota Review, New Letters, and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. His mixed-genre book on cemeteries and sacred space will appear from North Star Press in May of next year, under the title Among Northern Orchards: Places Near the Dead.

Áine Greaney

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Áine Greaney

Irish-native Áine Greaney has published four books: two novels, a short story collection and an instructional book on writing, Writer with a Day Job (Writers Digest Books, 2011).

Greaney’s 2011 novel, Dance Lessons won second place in the Indie Lit Awards and was one of eight books shortlisted for the Rubery International Book Awards in the U.K.

In addition to her books, she has published many personal essays, stories and feature articles in regional and local publications, including the Boston Globe Magazine, The Merrimack Valley Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Natural Bridge, Books Ireland, From the Heart of Ireland, Irish Girls are Back in Town, Salon.com, The Literary Review, The Drum and others.

As well as writing, Greaney leads workshops and delivers lectures and residencies at schools, libraries and universities.    

Áine Greaney's author website

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