The People, Places, and the History of The Northern Neck of VA

Episode 11: Deirdre Grace Callanan part 2

APFK Season 1
APFK Season 1
Episode 11: Deirdre Grace Callanan part 2

This is the second part of my interview with Dee Callanan, my former English teacher at Northumberland Sr. High school.

Deirdre Callanan


Deirdre Grace Callanan: “is an author, freelance journalist, and editor. For 30 years, she taught English and photography first in The Northern Neck, Virginia, next in Washington D.C., and then for the Dennis-Yarmouth district. For 15 years, she co-led a Cape & Islands poetry celebration for K-12 poets. As a Christa McAuliffe Fellow, she traveled the state working with teachers as writers, ultimately publishing a classroom text, “Windows & Mirrors.” Bass River Press, an imprint of The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, awarded her its 2018 Poetry Prize for her collection, “Water~Dreaming.”  Paper Plane Consulting published “Fish Camp: North Jetty Tales,” her history of a Casey Key, Florida, landmark. Deirdre is currently at work on a series of meditative essays about beach plums.”

Deirdre Grace Callanan
Source:  Costal Lifestyle Cape Code & The Islands Magazine by Lauren Wolk

Show Notes

  • 2:31 The thing about Trump is he is a classic narcissist.
  • 11:21 The world is at your fingertips, because all you do is click to that little Google thing and you can find out whatever you want.
  • 13:51 You are what you eat. In other words, what you choose to be drawn to, can be dangerous and limiting if you're only looking at one side of things.
  • 17:57 I think it's wonderful when a kid can decide and be happy with it, whatever it is.
  • 18:42 Keep an open mind and heart and read and learn as much as you possibly can.


  1. Toni Williamson-Dorsey says:

    Thank you for sharing this interview. I just had the opposition listen to Part 1 and 2 of Ms Grace Callahan. Clear and concise listening. I enjoyed. Sorry I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Ms Callahan.
    Toni Williamson-Dorsey

    1. Sprite says:

      She is a wonderful Woman, Ms Callahan is; much cherished by her former pupils whom also are her friends. I am so glad you enjoyed the interviews and hopefully, you will get to meet her some day.

      Thank you for listening!!!

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