After a career in teaching and later in executive management, I find my purpose now in my writing. I am happiest with my laptop in place, hands on the keyboard, and with Sly, our truly wonderful rescue black Lab snoozing nearby.
My husband Steve and I divide our time between Greenwich, Connecticut and Tyringham, Massachusetts, a lovely rural village that reminds me most of Grover’s Corners. In fact, under the guidance of theater guru and producer, Ann Gallo, the residents cast and crew of our happy hamlet just completed our four summer performances of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.
It was a transformative experience for all of us, as community-based, site-specific theatre is. Thanks to Ann and to Courtney O’Connor, our insightful director, and to all who made this project so meaningful.
You can read a blog I wrote explaining this approach to theatre here: http://ubutheater.org/our-town-blog/
In Greenwich, when I’m not writing my next novel, I volunteer at the Greenwich Oral History Project where I write or moderate the project’s blog. I am also on the board of Greenwich Pen Women and write the content for our website. I am a proud member of PEN American and of the Academy of American Poets.
Lately, I’ve become more involved in issues at the local level, by supporting IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) located in New Haven, Connecticut, and by writing letters to my representatives in Congress. I’ve been making phone calls and signing petitions—all of which make me sound like the character, Bev, in my new novel, Her Year of Mourning. She is an activist who saw “action” during the 60s and who remains committed in her later years.
And at this stage in life, I identify with other characters in my novels as well, like Tilda, the main character and recent widow in Her Year of Mourning. I am concerned about “late life,” about preparing for old age and loss, about what it takes to remain healthy and vital in community life, to be supportive of family and friends and to be loving to those who are around to be loved. (I borrowed shamelessly there—from Kurt Vonnegut in the Sirens of Titan. (The actual quote is an epigraph in my new novel—thanks to my dear friend Lori Dietrich who brought it to my attention.)
Another abiding love, literature, I share through my newsletter. (To subscribe, go to “Contact Jean” page and click on the red heart.) I actively solicit your comments, creating an online book club of sorts. Ideas and discussion nuggets are posted periodically under the tab, “Book Group.”
“Follow your bliss,” we are told, as though it were that easy (a shout out to the younger set, in recognition of all you do to keep yourselves and your families together). I am so very grateful for the time I now have to be a follower of my deepest passions.
A Brief Biography
Award-winning author, Jean P. Moore, is a novelist, poet, and non-fiction writer. Her novel, Water on the Moon, was published June 2014 and was the winner of the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Award for contemporary fiction. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals such as up street, SN Review, Adanna, The Timberline Review, Angels Flight Literary West, Distillery, Skirt, Slow Trains, Long Island Woman, the Hartford Courant, Greenwich Time, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Additionally, a memoir piece, “Leaving Charles,” appears online in Persimmon Tree, Summer, 2011. Several anthologized poems can be read in Women’s Voices of the 21st Century, 2014. Her chapbook, Time’s Tyranny, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.