Here I am with John and Bee in a moment of "Land Assessment"!

Hi everyone! I’m happy to say that my poem “Land Assessment” was recently published in the Wawayanda Review 2, the annual journal of the Northeast Poetry Center’s College of Poetry. I will be joining other poets to read in celebration of the publication of this second anthology of regional work, edited by Steve Hirsch and Robert Milby. Won’t you join us for a creatively inspiring evening of the spoken word?

We’re meeting at the Tuscan Cafe at 5 South Street in Warwick, New York, at 7 p.m. on Saturday April 14, 2012. Copies of the Wawayanda Review 2 will be for sale.


The book is finally out! As many of you know, I won a Pushcart Prize for my essay “Glad To Be Human,” which was originally published in the “Tusculum Review” and is now included in the 2012 edition of The Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses. The series, which has been published every year since 1976, has featured hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays. Writers who were first noticed due to inclusion in the prestigious annual collection include Raymond Carver, Tim O’Brien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Charles Baxter, Andre Dubus, Susan Minot, Mona Simpson, John Irving and Rick Moody. I would say I’m in some pretty good company, wouldn’t you?


The book is available through the distributor W.W. Norton & Company, as well as on Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.

Any author who has a book positively reviewed or mentioned by a publication is lucky indeed. I’ve been abundantly fortunate in this respect, my book Fat Girl being a shining example. Please take the time to visit my author page to find out more about the book. Here is a taste of the generosity I received for the work:


“A poetic, funny, deeply touching look at the problem of overeating…O’Garden’s poetry glistens.” — The Denver Post

“Ohmigod this book rules! Her story is so compelling and soulfully written that it almost made me cry. I love books like that.” — Sassy Magazine

“Very moving. I couldn’t put down. I was impressed with the writing and the way O’Garden was able to write from inside addiction and make the mechanics of addiction clear. I know this is one of the books I’ll be buying by the dozen to give to people.” — Ellen Burstyn

“The pain and anger of overweight is clearly delineated, and the struggle over power and powerlessness is presented in a quite poetic, dramatic way. O’Garden teaches us about addiction without being preachy or seeking converts. Her simple statements arise from secret thoughts and deceits and thus show the crisis of personal integrity that a fat person suffers.” — Judi Hollis, author of FAT AS A FAMILY AFFAIR and FAT & FURIOUS, and director of Hollis Institute

“..a painfully honest little book, illustrated by the author and told in prose, poetry, aphorisms and no small amount of anguish.” — The Oregonian



Our new Art Garden logo

In 1987, I founded The Art Garden, a performing literary magazine staged four times yearly at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY. I still produce, host and write for The Art Garden, now a semi-annual event at The Philipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison, New York.

And, thanks to tech-savvy writer Saxon Henry at Adroyt, we will shortly be entering the 21st Century with a dedicated Art Garden blog, YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter Feed. Keep your eyes peeled!

I’ve won a Pushcart Prize!

October 1st, 2011

Pushcart_coverI’m very pleased to say that my essay “Glad To Be Human,” published in the “Tusculum Review“, has won a Pushcart Prize. According to their website, The Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Look for it in bookstores November 15th!

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