Author Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton


Barbara McGillicuddy Bolton grew up in Maine, graduated from Houlton High School in 1961 and Colby College in 1965. She has lived most of her adult life in Brooklyn, New York. She and her husband raised three children and have five grandchildren. The Boltons spend July and August at East Grand Lake in Aroostook County, Maine.

Other life experiences: potato picking, hitch-hiking in Europe, biking through New England, low- level publishing jobs, teaching elementary, middle, and high school, La Leche League, playgroups, PTA, peer counseling, Bible study, church work, book groups, a poetry writing group, MWPA, blogger of, writing workshops at Columbia Teachers’ College, CUNY Graduate Center, The 92nd Street Y, Gotham, One Story, and the UFT Retired Teachers Program.

The novel Lulu Goes to College is based on Barbara’s first year in college, a time more like the 50’s than the 60’s or now. The story will feel familiar to students, especially women, of that generation and will enlighten younger readers about a time that we won’t see again.

When They Took Dad Away, a memoir centered on Barbara’s father’s breakdown and hospitalization when she was nine years old, is forthcoming from North Country Press.

Barbara’s poetry has appeared in Reflections and National Catholic Reporter, her short fiction in Puckerbrush Review, Persimmon Tree, and Assisi, her oral histories in Echoes Magazine. She contributed a chapter to Uncovering Teacher Leadership: Essays and Voices from the Field.


  • Lulu goes to College


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