Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in South Bostonís Old Colony housing project. After losing four siblings and seeing his generation decimated by poverty, crime, and addiction, he became a leading Boston activist, helping launch many antiviolence initiatives, including gun-buyback programs. He continues to work for social change nationally, collaborating with survivor families and young people.

MacDonald won the American Book Award in 2000. His national bestseller, All Souls, and his follow-up, Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion have been adopted by university curriculums across the country. MacDonald has written numerous essays for the Boston Globe Op-Ed Page and has completed the screenplay of All Souls for director Ron Shelton. He is currently Author-in-Residence at Northeastern University. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Speaking Topics:

All Souls: A Family Story From Southie

Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots & Rebellion

Trauma, Healing, & Social Justice: Finding Voice in the Aftermath of Violence

Race & Class in America

Coalition Building for Change

Nonfiction Writing Around Social Justice Issues