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Oct. 15th, 2010 10:19 am Radio Show Interview

As I walked up Lexington Avenue toward Giovannas Restaurant, I wondered what it would be like reading a few intimate essays about my relationship to my mother in the middle of a crowd of diners.

It turned out pretty well! Here is a link to the Val and Betty Show from October 5, 2010. We had a great time chatting and discussing the rough and tumble of being daughters.

Centianni Broadcasting's Val & Betty Show. Choose the show from 10/5/2010. My interview begins about 16 minutes into the show. I read two essays, both from a series of pieces that I'm writing tentatively titled "You're Just Like Your Mother," a curse my dad occasionally threw around when really angry at me.

This is a direct link to the WMA file that will automatically open up your media player:
mms://nick9.surfernetwork.com/CBNFiles/Val & Betty 10.5.10.WMA

Let me know what you think!


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Jun. 15th, 2010 09:38 am Deirdre in the Flesh: Reading in NYC

Please join me for a live reading at Bluestockings Bookstore. I'll be reading a new piece called "Gathering Stock."

The featured readers go on after the Open Mike.

Women's / Trans' Poetry Jam & Open Mike
Featuring Marty McConnell & Deirdre Sinnott

Tuesday, June 29th @ 7PM
Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington :: 212.777.6028
$5 Suggested

With poems concerned with martyrdom-fidelity and celebrity-spiritual ecstasy, Marty McConnell collides grit and glitter into a force for inspired survival. Deirdre Sinnott writes of truths that disturb, of circumstances that humble, of survival in her off-kilter life. In its 10th year, the jam is hosted by Vittoria Repetto, the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the Lower East Side. Deliver (up to) 8 minutes of your poetry, prose, songs and spoken word.

Bluestockings is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington - One block south of Houston and 1st Avenue.

By train: They are 1 block south of the F train’s 2nd Avenue stop and just 5 blocks from the JMZ-line’s Essex / Delancey Street stop.

By car: If you take the Houston exit off of the FDR, then turn left onto Essex (aka Avenue A), then right on Rivington, and finally right on Allen, you will be very, very close.


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May. 14th, 2010 09:04 am Be Kind to Deirdre Day

Okay, my latest essay "Be Kind to Deirdre Day" is posted on Drinking Diaries. It's another short one, only 750 words, so my theory is that you have time to click over and enjoy yourself.

If you'd like to hear me reading it, please listen to an interview I did on The Valerie and Betty Show at the Centanni Broadcasting Network. If you go straight to their webpage the interview is on the 5/12/2010 show.

Here is a direct link:
mms://nick9.surfernetwork.com/CBNFiles/Val & Betty 5.12.10.WMA

Your computer should immediately start a media player if you use the direct link. So don't do it when you boss is looking over your shoulder. Put your headphones on at least.

The interview begins at: 36:15 minutes into the show.
The reading begins at: 1:09:00 ends about 1:15:00
Interview ends at: 1:45:50.

I hope you enjoy this latest essay. Let me know what you think.


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May. 12th, 2010 10:38 am Internet Radio Interview

Tonight, May 12th, I'll be interviewed live on CentanniBroadcasting.com. The Valerie and Betty show starts at 7:00, but I'll be on from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. New York City time. (Yes we have our own time zone here in the city-state of NYC.)

I'll be reading a new essay, so hear it here first!

If you happen to miss the show, I'll post a link to the WAV file later this week.

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Apr. 20th, 2010 02:09 pm New Essay Published: "The Marriage Game"

April, the wonderful editor at Della Donna: a Webzine for Women, chose my new essay, "The Marriage Game" to be part of her third anniversary issue. Thanks April!

The essay is only 740 words. The average person reads at a rate of 200-250 words per minute. So take 3 or 4 minutes and enjoy this piece.



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Mar. 15th, 2010 12:57 pm Demon Rum, Part II on Drinking Diaries

If you enjoyed my previous essay Demon Rum, Part I, I hope you'll like the new piece Demon Rum Part II.


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Mar. 12th, 2010 02:56 pm Book #12: I'm Perfect, You're Doomed, by Kyria Abrahams

Oh the certainty and security of knowing that you have been born into the one true religion. Abrahams' fun and flirty memoir tells the tale of one such lucky individual.

Born a Jehovah's Witness and raised in the knowledge that out of all humanity the JW's beliefs are the only thing standing between eternal life (under The New System of Things) and suffering the torments of Armageddon, Abrahams' actual personality slowly and painfully wakes up.

Her journey from devout believer to apostate and beyond was never easy or straight, but she guides us through the wrong turns and dead ends (that ultimately lead to a well-lived life) with a well-honed sense of irony.

Many never break free of the tentacles of their past. But I'm Perfect, You're Doomed maps one woman's trail out of the light and into the real world.


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Mar. 9th, 2010 09:43 pm Now On-Line: The First Sentence of Drunk Dreams

A very cool Zine, 50 to 1, published the first line of my memoir Drunk Dreams. It just 42 words, so you have time! http://bit.ly/8XIhhv

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Feb. 19th, 2010 10:07 am Another Essay Published in Drinking Diaries

The good women at Drinking Diaries have consented to publish another one of my essays about my drinking career. This one is called Demon Rum, Part I.

Stay tuned for Part II.

Thanks for reading it!


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Feb. 1st, 2010 10:07 am Join me in Brooklyn as Four Writers Read from Their Work

Four Writers Read From Their Work
February 5th, 7pm
At the Douglass Street Composer's Collective

295 Douglass St. (between 3rd and 4th Aves.) Map
in Brooklyn (2 blocks from the Union St. stop on the R train)
Prepare to laugh, cry and eat cheese!

Free event!

Nancy Rawlinson is a writer, editor, teacher and coach. She has an MFA from Columbia University and has been awarded several writing residencies and fellowships. She runs her own writing workshops, is a contributing editor for Guernica magazine and writes a writing advice column for The Faster Times.

Deirdre Sinnott is a memoirist and speaker who reveals the disturbing truths, outrageous behavior, and humbling circumstances that taught her how to survive. She splits her time between New York City and the Catskill Mountains.

Lily White is a saxophone player, composer and writer from Illinois. She currently lives with her husband, and her daughter in Brooklyn, NY. She divides her time between practicing, performing and re-learning how to ice skate with her daughter.

Comedian and writer Emily Epstein has been trapped in a self-cleaning toilet and has stitches from a treadmill accident. She performs all around New York City and the Northeast, (not to mention a boat in the middle of the Yangtze River in China). She has been a comedian in the New York Underground Comedy Festival and was on Good Morning America. Her writing has been featured in such publications as Travelistic.com, Gawker.com, and the Hartford Courant.
"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose."--Woody Allen


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