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9/27/2016 Deirdre Sinnott reading from her novel The Third Mrs. Galway.




6/4/2016 Deirdre Sinnott's workshop talk from the 2016 Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference. Hotbed of Abolition: Utica, NY 1833-1836




4/24/2016 Deirdre Sinnott reads "Joe's Adventure" from her upcoming novel: The Third Mrs. Galway which is set in Utica, NY in 1835.





11/11/2015 Deirdre Sinnott reads "Imari & Elymas Love Story" from her upcoming novel: The Third Mrs. Galway which is set in Utica, NY in 1835.





Multiple Injuries:Thalidomide Survivor Mark Gizewski and his Campaign for Freedom from 23 Reasons on Vimeo.

Multiple Injuries won an Award of Merit from The Best Shorts Comptetion! Award of Merit

Mark Gizewski survived Thalidomide, a prescription drug his mother took for morning sickness. It caused thousands of people to be born with severe birth defects from 1957 to 1962. And he survived over 30 surgeries to “correct” those deformities with varying results.

At the time this film was released, Mark was in the NYS prison system serving a LIFE sentence for a 1995 offence where he pretended to have a gun. He was released after 6 years, but sent back in 2009 for a parole violation.

He was not getting the proper care he needed to survive. DOCCS had him in Mohawk Correctional Facility's Walsh Medical Housing Unit locked in 24 hours a day for minor offences.

Five Points Correctional Facility refused his requests for proper accommodations due him under the Americans with Disabilities Act. On January 5th Mark says that two Five Points guards threw him from his wheelchair, broke his arm in five places and caused a contusion on his chest in the shape of a boot. (Five Points claims he fell out of his chair. No explanation has been offered for the boot-shaped bruise.)

Mark has very special needs in order to be able to survive. We are happy to announce that due to the efforts of the the British group The Thalidomide Trust and activists in demanding Mark be released, he won his parole hearing and was let go on parole March 2, 2015.


Documentary! 23 Reasons Why 23 Years is Enough: Clemency for Pascual Carpenter

23 Reasons Why 23 Years is Enough won an Award of Merit from The Best Shorts Comptetion! Award of Merit

· Pascual Carpenter (along with six others) was convicted under the Felony-Murder Rule for his role as a lookout in the 1990 New York City subway robbery that resulted in the death of Utah tourist Brian Watkins. He has been in prison for the last 23 years.

This is a documentary about Pascual's case, his transformation, and the much-maligned Felony-Murder Rule. The Felony-Murder Rules transfers culpability to accomplices for any death that occurs during certain felonies, regardless of the person's role in the crime. Pascual, an 18-year-old at the time of the offence, never foresaw, witnessed, aided, or concurred with any fatal aggression on that horrible night.

For more information about his case, his accomplishments, and the draconian nature of the Felony-Murder Rule, please visit http://pascualcarpenter.wordpress.com/.

On March 2, 2015 Pascual Carpenter was released on parole. He is back with his family and adjusting to freedom. Thank you to all who supported the effort to win his release.


From Drunk Dreams: A Memoir

· Video of: Deirdre's Tour of NYC Bars (6:15 min.) This is spinoff from my book.

From Digging the Learning Curve: How One New Yorker Turned Her Thumb from Lily White to Zucchini Green

· Video of: Summers (8:30 min.) This is from a reading at Hamish & Henry Booksellers.  
· Video of: Berries (6:10 min.) This is from a reading at Hamish & Henry Booksellers.
U Audio of: A Great Year for Garter Snakes (7:36 min.)
· Video of: A Great Year for Garter Snakes (7:30 min.) This is from a reading at Hamish & Henry Booksellers in July 2007.
· Video of: Doing the Caterpillar Stomp (5:20 min.) This is from a reading at Hamish & Henry Booksellers in June 2008.
 

From my growing collection of Personal Essays Deirdre's Bytes

· Video of: Can't You Write Anything Nice? (4:52 min.)  
· Video of: The Method and Miss Sugar (17:02 min.)
U Audio of: Slips of Truth (4:49 min.)
· Video of: The Battle for Avenue C (19:30 min.)

· Stuyvesant Town: The End and the Beginning (7:46 min.) This is from a reading at Hamish & Henry Booksellers in July 2007.
· Family: Things are Not Always as They Seem (6:57 min.) This is from a reading at Hamish & Henry Booksellers.  
 

 

 


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