Poet

Margaret McCarthy’s poetry collection, NOTEBOOKS FROM MYSTERY SCHOOL (Finishing Line Press, 2015) was a New Women’s Voices Award finalist.

McCarthy’s poems and poetic monologues have appeared in numerous literary magazines, journals and anthologies, including: The Pagan Muse:Poems of Ritual and Inspiration,  Working Papers in Irish Studies, Cyphers Magazine (Ireland), The Albero Project (Italy),  HIV HERE AND NOW On-Line Poetry Project, Home Planet News, Gargoyle Magazine, Shaking Like A Mountain: On line Literature about Contemporary Music, Poetry New Zealand,  California State Poetry Society Quarterly, O!!ZONE,  Xanadu,  Caprice , Matrix,  The Poet,  Poets and Peace International to name a few.  McCarthy has also reviewed for Groundswell MagazineNew Directions for Women and The Chiron Review.

Poetic monologues form the basis of her heightened language stage plays. The Sacrificial King: A Play for John Lennon was given a New York City production by World 3 Theatre Company.  Deirdre Retrograde, based the heroine of Irish myth, resulted from McCarthy’s ongoing involvement with the literature of women in myth. The play was read at La Mama Theatre, NYC, as part of its Experiments Reading Series; it was part of Dreamcatcher Entertainment’s Reading Series Talent On Tap .

Her  work has been performed in programs by Poetic Theatre Productions, NYC,  The English Speaking Union of New York, The Hudson Valley Writers Association, and Irish American Writers and Artists (IAW&A) monthly salons at The Cell Theatre, NYC.

She is a member of The Author’s Guild, PEN USA and The Dramatists Guild of America. Her plays can be found on The New Play Exchange.

She has been a guest artist in residence at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ragdale Foundation and The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, all of which have awarded her writing fellowships. The Archives of Irish America at Bobst Library, New York University have archived taped interviews with her about her work and career.

She publishes an on-line broadside designed for the web, A VISION AND A VERSE®, www.avisionandaverse.com combining her imagery and poetry.