Beverly Donofrio

Beverly Donofrio’s first memoir, Riding in Cars with Boys, has been translated into sixteen languages and transformed into a popular motion picture. Her second memoir, Looking for Mary (or, the Blessed Mother and Me), began as a documentary on NPR and was chosen as a Discover Book at Barnes & Noble.

Her first picture book, an award–winner, Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary, was illustrated by Barbara McClintock and appeared in 2007. The book’s sequel, also illustrated by Barbara McClintock, Maria and Mouse Mouse, Mouse Mouse and Maria, is scheduled to be released in 2013 Thank You, Lucky Stars, a book for middle–graders about dancing and friendship, appeared in 2008.

Beverly is an award–winning radio documentarian and essayist and can be heard on such programs as All Things Considered. Her personal essays have appeared in national newspapers and magazines, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Allure, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, O, Marie Clair, and Spirituality & Health.

She lived for four years as a lay Carmelite at Nada Hermitage in Colorado, where she began her next memoir, Astonished, which will be published by Viking in the spring of 2013. Beverly is now in transit, in the hallway, between here and there, a lay Carmelite out in the world, spending time with family and friends, writing as always, and teaching at the low residency MFA program at Wilkes University.

Nada Hermitage

Beverly lived as a lay member of this community in the Carmelite tradition. Nada accepts practitioners of all spiritual traditions to come for a retreat in the beautiful Sangre de Christo Mountains.
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