Now in it’s 16th year, the Dire Literary Series, curated by TIMOTHY GAGER, brings together local and traveling writers for an evening of poetry and prose at the Out of the Blue Art Gallery. This round, GAGER welcomes MEIA GEDDES, JACK MARONEY, KATHLEEN MORTON, and DR. DIREDA to the stage.
Kathleen Willis Morton holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. A practicing Buddhist since age seventeen, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her family.
Dr. DiReda holds a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University, and a MSW from the University of Connecticut. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over twenty-eight years of direct clinical experience in the field of mental health and addictions counseling. He holds a full-time faculty position at Anna Maria College, serves as adjunct faculty at Assumption College, and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Henry Grosse is a person with over 30 years of recovery experience and lifelong friend of Jack and Jim.
Jack Maroney has served as Asst Vice President and Community Service Representative for Adcare Hospital. Jack is the Treasurer of Massachusetts Sober Housing Corporation and Mosaic Cultural Complex. He helped co-found the Latin American Health Alliance, a non-profit organization aimed at addressing health disparities among minorities. Most recently Jack founded Spring Hill Recovery Center and is in the process of creating a recovery community in a college campus like setting called Healing Hills Village.
Meia Geddes attends Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, write books, make cranes as “the crane lady,” and read about entrepreneurship. She was born in Hefei, China, adopted and raised in Sacramento, CA, and currently live in Boston, MA. Current obsessions include displacement, light, shadow, books that resist categorization, solitude, connection, creating, what it means to see, the word “forthcoming” .
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.