AUTHOR - MICKEY MAGUIRE
A "Jack of
Mickey Maguire has had such varied life experiences, he was actually advised by a potential employer to merely state, “Jack of All Trades” on the previous jobs section of his first social worker employment application.
Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he has worked as an off-shore scallop boat deckhand out of Provincetown, Cape Cod, a ship’s cook (a job he swears provided his most pertinent social work training), a farmworker, and in a blacksmith’s forge in Nova Scotia where he built his own log cabin in 1974, a banjo player for touring and recording bluegrass band James Reams & The Barnstormers and New Jersey’s String Fever, a working actor in New York City and Screen Actors Guild member, guitar player in a swing and country trio and, for thirty-three years, Assistant Program Director for the St. Francis Residences, a residential program providing permanent housing for homeless mentally ill individuals in Manhattan.
Graduating (barely) with an English Major from Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College), Mickey balanced his education with the acquisition of land in Nova Scotia and building his hand-made log cabin before his senior year. Throughout his artistic and philanthropic pursuits, Mickey has been a writer. Beginning with his first love, poetry, and shifting to articles, he has placed humorous pieces in trade magazine National Fisherman and Banjo Newsletter Magazine. Feather White is based on the copious journal notes he kept during the 1970s. He has been accused of being funny in the telling.