The Healing Power of Risk with Irene O'Garden


Susan talks with award winning writer, poet, playwright Irene O’Garden, about growing up surrounded by emotional distress, the power of finding our identity, witnessing love and acceptance, and using risk to heal and grow. 

Meet This Episode's Guest


Irene O’Garden

Irene O’Garden has won or been nominated for prizes in nearly every writing category from stage to e-screen, hardcovers, children’s books as well as literary magazines and anthologies. Her critically-acclaimed play Women on Fire, (Samuel French) starring Judith Ivey, played sold-out houses at Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. O’Garden was awarded a Pushcart Prize for her lyric essay “Glad to Be Human.” Her poems and essays have been featured in dozens of literary journals and award-winning anthologies. A seasoned and entertaining presenter both on stage and video, O’Garden has appeared at top literary venues including The Player’s Club, the Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poetry Café, and KGB in Manhattan; The Poetry Café, Mycennae House and Vinyl Deptford in London. She’s a regular contributor to 650―Where Writers Read, in New York City and Sarah Lawrence College, and has received several grants from Poets and Writers. Fulcrum: Selected Poems was published by Nirala Publications in 2017. Risking the Rapids is her upcoming memoir. O’Garden has lived joyfully for over 40 years with her husband John Pielmeier, who is most known for his play Agnes of God.

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