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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 connections between the private and the political. Her work embodies the intersections between the arts and activism, service and empowerment.

Dora’s unique blend of art, emotion and service has earned her multiple literary and service awards and honors. To honor her activism addressing sexual and domestic violence, Dora’s image replaced that of former Penn State football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky in the Inspirations Mural by artist Michael Pilato near Penn State in 2012. In 2018, Dora’s lifetime achievements were acknowledged by the Unionville – Chadds Ford School District in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her inclusion in the Wall of Honor program. Gargoyle Literary Journal nominated Dora’s poem, Tunnel of Love, for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. Dora was also honored as one of the Remarkable Women of Taos, New Mexico during the 2012 celebration of women whose lives and creative spirits have influenced the Northern New Mexico community. In 2011, Dora was awarded the New Mexico Woman Writer’s Fellowship by A Room of Her Own Foundation. Dora’s efforts also garnered 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, all while serving as faculty at Penn State between 1999 and 2006, among other honors. 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.

Dora’s groundbreaking first collection of poems, the scorched earth, and its audio companion, the scorched earth: spoken, were reissued as an Expanded, Second Edition by award-winning Baskerville Publishers in 2015, with the Foreword written by Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues, author of In the Body of the World and Founder of both the international V-DAY Foundation and the One Billion Rising global movement. This collection documents Dora’s journey from victimization to survivorship, through healing from a history of both sexual and domestic violence into empowerment and advocacy as an award-winning poet, activist, speaker and teacher. Eve Ensler calls the scorched earth…startling and visionary.”

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 collaborates internationally with an array of other artists and activists, ranging from writers, poets and performance artists, to musicians, songwriters and visual artists working in a wide variety of mediums, including the pioneering Ekphrasis poets and artists of Taos, New Mexico.

Dora serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Sage Institute for Creativity and Consciousness and The Council for Hope and Healing, which she co-founded in 2012 with a group of international artists and activists to foster community development and empowerment through the Arts, as well as on the Advisory Board of Paws for Empowerment Victim-Assistance Canine Advocacy Program with Crisis Center North. Dora also serves as consultant and expert witness in sexual violence legal cases, establishing offender liability and the short and long-term impact of violence on victims.

Dora’s work has been published in anthologies, films, plays, musical compositions, literary journals and magazines, required course readings and law enforcement training programs. The poem, Around This Table, which Dora was commissioned to write for the 25th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is available in poster form, which has benefited The Memorial Fund for Women lost in domestic violence homicides since 2001. Kate Bogle’s short film, One Woman’s Voice, which documents Dora’s combined roles as poet, teacher and survivor/activist, is used nationally as a teaching and training tool in colleges, universities and prison outreach and judicial programs. Dora’s forthcoming collection is Seven: Poems of The Interim.

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400 word biography

DORA E. MCQUAID
Award-Winning Poet, Activist, Speaker and Teacher

DORA E. MCQUAID is an award-winning poet, activist, speaker and teacher whose work embodies the intersections between the arts and activism, service and empowerment. She 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’s unique blend of art, emotion and service has earned her numerous literary and service awards and honors. Dora’s activism addressing sexual and domestic violence led to her portrait notably replacing that of former football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky in the Inspirations Mural near Penn State in 2012. In 2018, Dora’s lifetime achievements and contributions were acknowledged by the Unionville – Chadds Ford School District in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where Dora went to both middle and high school, with her inclusion in the Wall of Honor program. Dora was also honored with a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry in 2014, as a 2012 Remarkable Woman of Taos, New Mexico and the 2011 New Mexico Woman Writer’s Fellowship Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation. Additionally, Dora’s efforts garnered a 2003 Pennsylvania Governor’s Pathfinder Award, recognition by the Pennsylvania Senate and a Vagina Warrior Award, all while serving as faculty at Penn State between 1999 and 2006, before pursuing poetry, performance and activism full-time.

Dora is the author of the groundbreaking collection of poems, the scorched earth, and its audio companion, the scorched earth: spoken. Eve Ensler, award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues, calls the scorched earth “…startling and visionary…” in the Foreword she wrote to the Expanded, Second edition of this collection released by Baskerville Publishers in 2015.

In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Directors of The Sage Institute for Creativity and Consciousness and The Council for Hope and Healing, Dora performs, speaks and teaches internationally, serves as consultant and expert witness in sexual violence legal cases, works collaboratively with an array of artists, activists and cultural creatives and publishes widely. The poem, Around This Table, which Dora was commissioned to write for the 25th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is available in poster form, benefitting 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 universities, prisons, outreach and judicial programs. Dora’s forthcoming collection is Seven: Poems of The Interim.

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150 word biography

DORA E. MCQUAID
Award-winning Poet, Activist, Speaker and Teacher.

Dora 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 numerous literary and service awards and honors, including a 2014 Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry, the 2011 New Mexico Woman Writer’s Fellowship from A Room of Her Own Foundation and a 2003 Pennsylvania Governor’s Pathfinder Award, among others. To honor her activism addressing sexual and domestic violence, Dora’s image replaced that of former football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky of Inspirations Mural near Penn State in 2012.

Dora performs, speaks and teaches internationally, works collaboratively with a wide array of artists, activists and cultural creatives and publishes widely. She is the author of the groundbreaking collection of poems, the scorched earth, released in 2015 as an Expanded, Second edition. Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, wrote the Foreword to this edition, describing the scorched earth as “…startling and visionary…

For more information and booking, please visit:
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50 word biography

DORA E. MCQUAID
Award-winning Poet, Activist, Speaker and Teacher

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.

For more information and booking, please visit:
WWW.DORAMCQUAID.COM

 

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Dora McQuaid on Mesa - photo credit to Taos photographer, Pattie Traynor
Dora McQuaid in Field - photo credit to Lani Phillips
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