Margaret McCarthy's poetry collection, NOTEBOOKS FROM MYSTERY SCHOOL was a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Award and published by Finishing Line Press in 2015.
McCarthy’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines, journals and anthologies including: The Pagan Muse:Poems of Ritual and Inspiration (Kensington Publishing), Working Papers in Irish Studies, Gargoyle Magazine, Shaking Like A Mountain: On line Literature about Contemporary Music, Poetry New Zealand, and California State Poetry Society Quarterly, to name a few. McCarthy has also reviewed for Groundswell Magazine, New Directions for Women and The Chiron Review.
She also writes heightened language plays based on her poems. The Sacrificial King: A Play for John Lennon was given a New York City production. Deirdre Retrograde, based the heroine of Irish myth, resulted from McCarthy’s ongoing involvement with the literature of women in mythology. First read at La Mama Theatre, NYC, the play was recently staged as part of Talent On Tap’s Reading Series.
Her poetic monologues have been performed at Irish American Writers and Artists (IAW&A) monthly salons, and programs at Poetic Theatre, NYC, The English Speaking Union of New York and The Hudson Valley Writers Association.
The Archives of Irish America, Bobst Library, New York University, New York, has archived taped interviews with her about her work and career.
She is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, The Author’s Guild and PEN USA.
She has been a guest artist in residence at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ragdale Foundation and The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, all of which have awarded her fellowship grants.
She works as a professional photographer in New York City; She publishes an electronic broadside, A VISION AND A VERSE®, www.avisionandaverse.com combining her imagery and poetry.