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DORA E. MCQUAID

Award-Winning Poet, Activist, Speaker and Teacher

Dora E. McQuaid is descendant of traveling gypsies, Irish Golden-gloved boxers, and strong women, whose stories and the telling of them prompted her lifelong fascination with the written and spoken word. Dora continues her family tradition of using the personal story to explore memory and conjecture, culture and community, and the intersections between the private and the political.

Her unique blend of art, emotion and service has earned her multiple service and literary awards and honors. Dora’s dedication to addressing the issues of sexual and domestic violence through poetry, performance and activism was honored in 2012 by her image replacing that of former Penn State football coach and convicted child sex offender, Jerry Sandusky, in the Inspirations Mural by artist Michael Pilato of the Public Art Academy in State College, Pennsylvania, where Penn State is located. Gargoyle Literary Journal nominated Dora’s poem, Tunnel of Love, for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. Dora was honored as one of the Remarkable Women of Taos, New Mexico during the 2012 yearlong celebration of women whose lives and creative spirits have influenced the Northern New Mexico community. She was also awarded the 2011 New Mexico Woman Writerʼs Fellowship by A Room of Her Own Foundation. Additionally, Dora’s efforts garnered the 2003 Pennsylvania Governor’s Pathfinder Award, recognition by the Pennsylvania Senate and a Vagina Warrior Award from the Penn State cast of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues, all while serving as faculty at Penn State between 1999 and 2006. She has been awarded a number of Poet-In-Residence and Fellowship positions, including The Harwood Museum of Art and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, among others.

Dora’s first collection of poems, the scorched earth, and its audio companion, the scorched earth: spoken, are being released as an Expanded, Second Edition in late 2014 by award-winning Baskerville Publishers, with the Foreword written by Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues and founder of the international V-DAY Foundation and the global One Billion Rising event. Eve Ensler calls this collection “…startling and visionary…” as it documents Dora’s journey from victimization to survivorship, through healing from both sexual and domestic violence into empowerment and advocacy as an award-winning poet, activist, speaker and teacher.

Dora performs, speaks and teaches internationally in venues as varied as men’s and women’s prisons, justice and outreach programs, political rallies and community events, universities and high schools, churches and shelters, as well as television and radio programs and professional and academic conferences. She has collaborated nationally with an array of other artists, ranging from writers, poets and performers, to musicians and songwriters and visual artists working in various mediums, including the pioneering Ekphrasis poets and artists of Taos, New Mexico.

Dora currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Sage Institute for Creativity and Consciousness, which is affiliated with the University of New Mexico-Taos, and The Council for Hope and Healing, which she co-founded in 2012 with a group of international artists and activists to address healing, empowerment and community development through the Arts. Additionally, Dora serves as consultant and expert witness in sexual violence legal cases in the United States court systems, establishing offender liability and the effects of violence that victims often experience.

Dora’s work has been published in anthologies, films, plays, musical compositions, literary journals and magazines, required course readings, law enforcement training programs, as well as posters, calendars and greeting cards. The poem, Around This Table, which Dora was commissioned to write in 2001 for the 25th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is available in poster form, which benefits The Memorial Fund for women lost in domestic violence homicides. Kate Bogle’s short film, One Woman’s Voice, which documents Dora’s combined roles as poet, teacher and survivor/activist, is used internationally as a teaching and training tool in colleges, universities, prisons, outreach and judicial programs, among others.

Doraʼs next collection of poems, SEVEN: Poems of The Interim, is forthcoming.

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300 word biography

Dora E. McQuaid is an award-winning poet, activist, speaker, and teacher, whose blend of art, emotion and service has earned her multiple honors. Dora’s dedication to addressing sexual and domestic violence was honored in 2012 by her image replace that of former Penn State football coach and convicted sex offender, Jerry Sandusky, in the Inspirations Mural in State College, Pennsylvania, where Penn State is located. Dora’s work garnered a 2014 Pushcart Prize nomination in Poetry from Gargoyle Literary Journal, a 2012 Remarkable Women of Taos, New Mexico honor and the 2011 New Mexico Woman Writerʼs Fellowship by A Room of Her Own Foundation. While serving as faculty at Penn State between 1999 and 2006, Dora received a 2003 Pennsylvania Governor’s Pathfinder Award, recognition by the Pennsylvania Senate and a Vagina Warrior Award from the Penn State cast of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues.

Dora’s first collection of poems, the scorched earth, and its audio companion, the scorched earth: spoken, are being released as an Expanded, Second Edition in 2014 by award-winning Baskerville Publishers, with the Foreword written by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of the international V-DAY Foundation and the global One Billion Rising event. Eve Ensler calls this collection, which documents Dora’s journey from victimization to empowerment and advocacy, “…startling and visionary…”

Dora performs, speaks and teaches internationally, collaborates with a wide array of artists and activists and publishes widely. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of both Sage Institute for Creativity and Consciousness in Taos, New Mexico and The Council for Hope and Healing in State College, Pennsylvania. Additionally, Dora serves as consultant and expert witness in sexual violence legal cases in United States court systems, establishing offender liability and the effects of violence that victims experience.

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150 word biography

Dora E. McQuaid is an award-winning poet, activist, speaker and teacher whose work embodies the intersections of arts and activism, service and empowerment. Her unique blend of art, emotion and service has earned her numerous awards and honors. Dora’s activism addressing sexual and domestic violence led to her portrait replacing that of former football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky in the Inspirations Mural near Penn State in 2012. She was honored with a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry in 2014, as a Remarkable Woman of Taos, New Mexico in 2012, won the New Mexico Woman Writer’s Fellowship from A Room of Her Own Foundation in 2011 and a Pennsylvania Governor’s Pathfinder Award in 2003, among others. She is the author of the groundbreaking collection of poems, the scorched earth. Dora performs, speaks and teaches internationally, works collaboratively with a wide array of artists and activists and publishes widely.

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50 word biography

Dora E. McQuaid is an award-winning poet, activist, speaker and teacher whose blend of art, emotion and service has earned numerous awards. Her activism addressing sexual and domestic violence led to her portrait replacing that of Sandusky’s in the Penn State mural. Dora performs internationally, works collaboratively with artists and publishes widely.

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Dora McQuaid in Field - photo credit to Lani Phillips
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