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I was born in New York, grew up among a family of six boys on Long Island, and was educated at Johns Hopkins and Cambridge, where my graduate research on the Anglo-Irish playwright John Millington Synge often took me to the Manuscripts Room at the Trinity College Dublin Library.
I worked summers as a painter, carpenter, bartender and construction worker, then volunteered for the Peace Corps in Thailand and later served as country program director for Catholic Relief Services in Burundi, managing refugee, maternal-child health and agricultural development projects. In this last capacity I returned to Ireland, leading the first African delegation to explore opportunities with Bord na Móna, the Irish national peat board, to explore opportunities for partnership in exploiting Africa’s peat resources.
Returning to New York I spent many years as an executive at Time-Life Films, the Time Inc. Corporate Video Group, Macmillan, The Health Network and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, working on a wide variety of publishing, television and new media ventures. For one blissful summer I was a playwright-in-residence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. I also held fellowships at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Educational Innovation and the Center for Social Thought researching and writing about education reform. In 2009 I founded the Portsmouth Institute and remain its emeritus director. In more recent years I have worked on capital campaigns and other development projects for such organizations as Portsmouth Abbey School, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Archdiocese of New York. I also chair the board of the Man O’ War Project, a not-for-profit which seeks to treat veterans and others suffering from PTSD with equine-assisted therapy, and have served on a number of other educational, theatrical and artistic boards, such as Fordham College at Lincoln Center, the National Council of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Student Sponsor Partners, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
My journalism, poetry and fiction have been published in many national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, City Journal, Southern Review, St. Austin’s Review, The Bloodhorse, The Horseman’s Journal, National Review, Brooklyn Eagle, San Francisco Chronicle, Quest, and Education Week. Two of my plays have been produced, and I have written or co-written ten books, the most recent of which is Real Lace Revisited.
In 2015 Jed Lyons of Rowman & Littlefield suggested I contact Stephen Birmingham to see if he would be amenable to my updating and expanding his 1973 best seller, Real Lace. He was and agreed to write a foreword to the new book. Sadly, Steve died before he could complete this assignment, but I remain grateful for his encouragement and kindness. Real Lace Revisited, then, is a homage to the world in which my family and many of their friends grew up, with all its considerable virtues and vices, and what has replaced it, often for better, but, sometimes, not so much.
On Father's Day, 2018 my latest book was published, which is entitled "Worlds Within Worlds: A Father's Poems and Prayers.
I still live and work in New York with my sublime partner, Michelle Joyce Coppedge. I have two beloved sons, Pierce and Rhoads, who show every sign of returning in their adulthood to the Texas roots their late, wonderfully exuberant mother fled for Manhattan and her career as a Jungian psychoanalyst. If that indeed proves to be the case, I look forward to spending time with them there and am also contemplating further books, TV and film projects on a variety of historical, travel, literary, artistic and spiritual subjects.
Please feel free to contact me in the space provided on this website with any questions, comments, criticisms or ideas you may have. Pax!
Worlds with IN Worlds
"An invaluable and absorbing chronicle filled with rare, elegant historical scholarship....Whether coursing through the fortunes and misfortunes of the Kennedy and Buckley families; celebrating the horseracing, hellraising and hilarity of Saratoga Springs; reminiscing about his own and others’ days at Portsmouth Priory and the “Grottlesex” schools; pubcrawling in storied New York taverns; or brooding about the sexual abuse scandals and the plight of the Catholic Church in America, MacGuire is an attentive, shrewd, and incomparably entertaining companion for anyone who wishes to tour Irish America’s most curious precincts."
Michael O. Garvey,
author of Confessions of a Catholic Worker
"Wow - just wow. This collection of writing so perfectly captures the feeling of family. The writing is stunningly beautiful, as are the small moments this book so successfully sought to capture. A must read."
Weschester Co Consumer