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I gave a talk on The Akeing Heart at the New York Public Library on May 16, 2014 as part of a series of four on different aspects of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s life and literary works. Much to my pleasure, Claire Harman, Warner’s biographer, attended and commented. Reviews of the book are pending in the Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society and in The Powys Journal of the Powys Society, both in England.

“Produce, Produce! Persist! Carlyle the teacher!” That’s a line from Gilt on the Gold, my play about Frederick Law at the Metropolitan Playhouse Gilded Age Festival in January. Request through Contact if you’d like a copy.

Photo by Jacob Goldberg,Rags to Riches
The Forgery - at the canvas
Grandpa and Alice

To bring my experience and temperament into another character; to imagine; to reveal, to be present, to be available in the moment and without censoring, to be concentrated; to amuse, to move, to interest, to inspire.  These challenges bring me to the practice of acting and its many rewards. I’ve had many satisfying experience over the years, shared with colleagues and audiences. It is a collaborative and enlivening art.

Publications & Family History / Genealogy

The Akeing Heart

In my books I tell the stories of families over multiple generations. This means appreciating the social, economic, and political context of the times and ever-changing living and working conditions. I have written about lives in America over the past 450 years, people living in a steadily transforming society, I base my work on research and reading, and wherever possible I use the words of individuals in the accounts. Mine is American history focused on families over time, and I am proud of the prizes I have received. I take a different approach in my current book to tell the story of the friendships and passionate attachments of three women in the mid-twentieth century.
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