Bridget Eileen


Writer in Rhode Island

Bridget Eileen Madden

Bridget Eileen is a writer who lives in Rhode Island. She is a poet. She does communications work. She is a solitary eclectic modern pagan witch. She has been blogging since 2006, and her main blog is NotebookWitch.com: Notes on Witchcraft and Witchery.

Blogger

Bridget’s blogs include: Notebook Witch, a blog on witchcraft and witchery; An Arts Notebook, an arts and culture blog; and Glam Witch Style a body positive glamour witch, curvy cottage core, plus-size pinup beauty blog. Before establishing Notebook Witch, she also posted personal news updates at Bridget Eileen’s News. She has had blogs about vegetarian cooking, the close reading of poetry, making handmade jewelry, and general diary-like blogging when the medium was first introduced. Archives of these posts are available at An Arts Notebook.

Background

Foliage behind the UMaine Library, photo credit: my cousin, Meghan

​Bridget Eileen grew up in the Boston area. She has a Bachelor of Science in English Education with minors in Music and Women’s Studies from University of Maine, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. She is currently studying for professional certificates in Management and Marketing. She and Rhode Island got together in 2017 and it’s been a deep, abiding love ever since.

Recent Publications

Bridget Eileen’s poetry work has been published in Frost Meadow ReviewCan We Have Our Ball BackBoston HassleNitrogen HouseStone’s ThrowHineni MagazineLet the Bucket DownReality BeachSummer Stock Lit Journal, & Anti-Heroin Chic.

She has also been published in Reflections, The Maine Review, The Ornery Hipster, Vividarium, The Accompaniest, Stonecoast Lines, and Newport Life Magazine. She worked as an arts and cultural reporter for The Maine Campus, The Loop, and The Malden Muse.

Boston Poetry Marathon

Bridget Eileen was an artistic director for the long-standing Boston-area poetry reading marathon festival, the Boston Poetry Marathon. She an her fellow former artistic director, Suzanne Mercury, organized the event from 2017-2022. Their co-organizers, Christina Liu and Xtina Strong, joined the team in 2020. Bridget will be assisting in a less active capacity starting in 2023. The Boston Poetry Marathon was established in 1998.

Readings

Bridget Eileen has done poetry readings in Boston, Brooklyn, Albany, Cambridge, Gloucester, Maine, Manhattan, and New Orleans. Recently, she has done online poetry readings for 1000 Poets for Change – Connecticut and at Boston Architectural College.

Performing Arts

Bridget Eileen has served in multiple roles in the performing arts: as a singer in several choirs, a trombonist in classical and jazz bands, an actor in plays, a theatre director for high schools, and as a front-of-house volunteer for the Boston-area burlesque organizations, Rogue Burlesque and Alternatease.

Janeite

Bridget runs the Boston Austen Book Club, a book club that meets once a season to discuss the works of Jane Austen, works inspired by Jane Austen, or writing on Austen’s books and life.

Anyone can join the book club at any time. All you have to do is read the book and show up to discuss it. Follow the Boston Austen Book Club Facebook page for the latest news!

Communications Work

Bridget Eileen was the Communications Chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus from 2019-2021. Since 2002, she has worked on communications projects at academic institutions throughout New England and been main editor and writer for several educational newsletters. She has also worked on copy editing and copywriting as a merchandising assistant for an online retailer. She taught journalism and was the faculty advisor for a high school newspaper in Maine.

Political Work

Bridget Eileen is an EMILY’s List Ignite Change Fellow, and her work with the RI Democratic Women’s Caucus was featured at the 2021 EMILY’s List National Gala. She also completed Rhode Island Working Families Party “Campaign School” in late 2021.

She is the current Chairwoman of the RI State Senate District 24 Committee. In 2022, she was voted onto the Woonsocket Democratic City Committee. She joined the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministries – Rhode Island (UULM-RI) in late 2022, as well.

From 2019-2021, she served on the executive board of the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus as Secretary and, before that, as the Executive Committee Member representing the 2nd Congressional District. She was the Communications Chair for the Caucus from 2019 to 2021.

Wedding Officiant

Bridget Eileen is a non-denominational ordained minister through Universal Ministries and is available to officiate weddings for couples who are seeking an officiant for either non-denominational yet spiritual, a-religious, or neo-pagan wedding ceremonies. Email for inquiries!

Personal Note

Bridget Eileen’s social and biological nieces and nephews call her Auntie Boo-Boo and that’s awesome. Her role models in life are Maude, of Harold and Maude and Blanche Devereaux from The Golden Girls.

Contact

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