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Author Talk: Our Good Name, by Catherine Marenghi

Catherine Marenghi is a memoirist, novelist, and award-winning poet, with two Academy of American Poets prizes, among others. Her work has been published in North American and international literary journals.


Her new novel, Our Good Name (Arch Street Press, 2022) is an historic fiction inspired by her Italian immigrant ancestors. Structured as a series of first-person stories, the book explores the expectations and disappointments of immigration to the United States. She is also the author of the highly praised Glad Farm: A Memoir (Tate Publishing, 2016), about which President Jimmy Carter wrote, “An inspiring story of a writer and journalist who overcame great handicaps to achieve success. Glad Farm reminds us of the role our habitats play in shaping our lives.” Her poetry book Breaking Bread (Finishing Line Press, 2020) draws on themes of family, love, loss, and the eternal quest for home.


The granddaughter of Italian immigrants, Catherine writes with a profound sense of place and a keen interest in where we come from and how we define home. Catherine was born and raised in Milford, Mass., a town where she has deep roots and a lifelong connection. She is an active member of the vibrant literary community of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she resides several months of the year. She also has a home in Wareham, Mass. An award-winning poet, she has served on the board of the San Miguel Poetry Cafe and, with poet Judyth Hill, co-founded the Poetry Mesa, an international community serving poets and poetry.

Catherine holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Tufts University.

Event Location: 
Queset House, 2nd Floor Conference Room