The opportunity to speak, teach, or read is always a profound pleasure.

A Holy Fool’s Errand: a lecture on how writers evoke awakenings in literature, delivered at the Bennington Writing Seminars. The song at the beginning of the lecture is my setting of nine lines from Shakespeare’s King Lear to the tune of an Irish song, “The Wexford Carol.”

More teaching

Since 2013 I’ve been part of the teaching team at True North Community Church, where I deliver Quirky Sermons that usually touch on social justice, contemplative prayer, spirituality for skeptics, and/or art. And, sometimes, tattoos.

I was privileged to join  Hiroshima survivor Seiko Ikeda and family members of 9/11 victims on a multi-city speaking tour for nonviolence.



I sing and play Irish fiddle tunes on a viola. I got into traditional Irish music as a teenager, and since then I’ve performed at festivals and whaling museums, at the Bennington Writing Seminars, and locally here on Long Island. With my husband Rob Hinst and assorted dear friends, I also play some unplugged alt/indie music, which occasionally makes its way into a Song Series on this blog.

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