Moná Toirésa Ó Loideáin Rochelle received her doctorate in epidemiology and high-risk obstetrics at the University of Washington and did graduate studies in midwifery at Case Western Reserve. She is the author of Mourning Dove (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and the forthcoming On the Brink of the Sea (Cave Moon Press, 2019), which is a meditation on abuse, violence, and war: profits from the sale of the book will go to Doctors Without Borders and Catholic Relief Services.
She was a professor in epidemiology and high-risk obstetrics at University College Cork, Ireland, and the University of Washington and now writes poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Notre Dame Review, The Southern Review, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and numerous other journals.
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 with her husband and continues to volunteer for Médecins Sans Frontières and Catholic Relief Services.