Elaine G. McGillicuddy, a native Mainer, poet and writer, is a retired high school teacher of English composition. She lived in Missouri, New York, Massachusetts, and Waterville, Maine, during the 15½ years she was an Ursuline nun.
In 1968, as Campus Minister at Colby College during the heady anti-Vietnam war years – she met and later married Francis A. McGillicuddy, after he left the clerical priesthood.
She has a B.A. in English from the College of New Rochelle, New York, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Providence College, Rhode Island.
A certified Iyengar yoga teacher, Elaine cofounded with Francis, in 1989, the Portland Yoga Studio which they directed for sixteen years. She is also a certified permaculture designer. As a certified leader of the Dances of Universal Peace, Elaine continues to lead these participatory meditative circle “Dances” or “body prayers” once a month.
The main title of her three published books repeat Francis’ words to her before he died. Sing to Me and I Will Hear You – The Poems, as well as her CD of her reading her poems, were published in 2012; Sing to Me and I Will Hear You – A Love Story, in 2014; and, Sing to Me and I Will Hear You – New Poems, in 2015. Elaine’s fourth book, A Friend Who Knows the Tone, published in 2016, is her third collection of poetry.
Engaged with a fifth book in progress, "This New Life – A Widow’s Musings," and maintaining the permaculture garden which she and Francis created on their 8,000 sq. ft. lot before he died – Elaine lives a largely monastic life at home in Portland, Maine.
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