Risking the Rapids: How My Wilderness Adventure Healed My Childhood


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6.6 X 8.3 X 0.5 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

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. Her new play, Little Heart, won her a Berilla Kerr Playwriting Fellowship and was awarded full development at the New Harmony Play Project. O'Garden was awarded a Pushcart Prize for her lyric essay "Glad To Be Human," (Untreed Reads.) Harper published her first memoir Fat Girl and Nirala Press recently published her book Fulcrum, Selected Poems, which contains her prize-winning poem "Nonfiction." Her poems and essays have been featured in dozens of literary journals and award-winning anthologies (including A Slant of Light, USA Book award Best Anthology), and she has been honored with an Alice Desmond Award and an Oppenheimer for her children's books. 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, and all throughout the Hudson Valley. 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. Irene also presents to an audience of hundreds annually at the Global Seth Conference. O'Garden has lived joyfully with her husband John Pielmeier, for 40 years. Most known for his play Agnes of God, John also writes movies and miniseries for television. This year, Scribner published his first novel, Hook's Tale," and his stage adaptation of The Exorcist opened in London's West End.


"O'Garden's story is emotional and remarkable and if you are looking for a story that shows how to cope with grief and grow as a person this is something you should pick up." - Nerdy Girl Express "The award-winning author takes us on her family river rafting trip through the wilds of Montana, in the hopes of healing from her challenging past. Impelled on this journey at age sixty-two by the unexpected death of one of her six siblings, O'Garden weaves the story of her troubled childhood with the chronicle of her harrowing eight-day voyage on her way to finding forgiveness and peaceful waters." - The Rumpus