Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 3pm when we welcome Irish author Maura Mulligan who will read excerpts from her powerful memoir The Call of the Lark. Born in County Mayo, Ireland, Maura Mulligan worked on the family farm, danced on stage, and served pints in a pub. In America, she became a telephone operator and, later, a nun. Leaving religious life after sixteen years of service, she taught Irish language and dance and appeared on stage as a dancer and actor. A teacher of English to speakers of other languages in New York City public schools, she has served as Field Supervisor in the TESOL program for Hunter College. Maura Mulligan’s writing has appeared in the Irish Times, Irish America, The Irish Echo, Irish Examiner, Set Dancing News, and the literary websites Ducts.org and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. She was Writer in Residence at Heinrich Böll Cottage, Achill, Ireland (November 2009) and has appeared as a featured reader at various literary venues, including: Thalia Café at Symphony Space; Writer’s Voice; Makor/Steindhardt, 92nd Street Y, Tribeca; American Irish Teachers Association; Irish Arts Center NYC; New York Irish Center; and Achill Island, County Mayo. She currently teaches Ceílí dance (Irish folk dance) in New York City.
As musician and author Larry Kirwan writes, “Call of the Lark is a story of redemption that lifts both the heart and soul.”