Moná Toirésa Ó Loideáin Rochelle is the author of two poetry collections. On the Brink of the Sea (Cave Moon Press, 2019) crosses over our neat American borders into 21st century war and epidemic, plumbs a harsh and sometimes tragic childhood and comes up rich with dark humor and faith. Her first book, Mourning Dove (Finishing Line Press, 2014) is a spiritual journey of her childhood in New England and her work as an epidemiologist in Africa and Ireland.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Public Health in maternal child health and epidemiology from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in midwifery from Case Western Reserve University. She was a professor in epidemiology and high-risk obstetrics at University College Cork, Ireland, and the University of Washington and consultant to the World Health Organization, National Institute of Health and Center for Disease Control.

She volunteers for Médecins Sans Frontières and Catholic Relief Services. She was a recipient of a writer’s grant from Fundación Valparaíso, Spain, and the Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur and nominated for Best New Writer. (2017). Her writing interests include war and social injustice, the Irish lyric love tradition, and the creation of poems and poetry manuscripts that speak to the soul. She lives in New Mexico.

Photography:  Rachelle Elizabeth Rochelle