Boston, 1984. Even in a world without cell phones, messages come through loud and clear if one is listening. When Nora Forrest, a young woman not predisposed to act impulsively, has a dream she cannot ignore, she is compelled to take uncharacteristic action. Together with an aging Irish actor named Hugh Sheenan, she explores the unseen connections that bind total strangers in ways they cannot fathom. Gillyflower is a detective story, a love story, and a coming-of-age story—for the never really young and for the almost old.
About the Speakers:
Diane Wald holds a B.A. from Montclair State College and an M.F.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has published over 250 poems in literary magazines since 1966. She was the recipient of a two-year fellowship in poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and has been awarded the Grolier Poetry Prize, The Denny Award, The Open Voice Award, and the Anne Halley Award. She has published three chapbooks (Target of Roses from Grande Ronde Press, My Hat That Was Dreaming from White Fields Press, and Double Mirror from Runaway Spoon Press) and won the Green Lake Chapbook Award from Owl Creek Press. WONDERBENDER, her third collection, was published by 1913 Press in 2011. She has taught at Boston University, The Art Institute of Boston, and Northeastern University.
Deborah Schwartz is the author of the chapbook, A Girl Could Disappear Like This and a full length collection by the same name. She’s an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Bunker Hill Community College.