UPDATE (8/5/21): Had a wonderful conversation with Matthew Harms of the Pen for Hire podcast. We talked about “Sentenced to Shakespeare,” my YA novel that deals with teen bullying, juvenile justice and Shakespeare rehab. Hear about the real-life program that inspired the story as well as how I incorporated my experiences being bullied as a teen. Check it out! Click here for the conversation on YouTube.
BREAKING (7/19/19): Sentenced to Shakespeare, my newest contemporary YA novel dealing with teen bullying, juvenile justice and an unusual rehab program, has just been published by Sunbury Press/Milford House Press. It's now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other bookseller sites. Check out more info here.
BREAKING (12/13/19): Thank you so much to Playbill for including "Sentenced to Shakespeare" in their holiday gift guide article. What a wonderful and unexpected surprise! Check it out here.
BREAKING (8/23/19): I'm happy to announce that this Monday I will be a guest on the "The Tom Sumner Show," 1470 WFNT Flint’s News Talk/WFOV 92.1 FM. I'll be talking about Sentenced to Shakespeare. Please take a listen!
UPDATE (2/27/2023). There are actually two additions to the Personal Essay section. These two essays mean a lot to me, one of which was republished in an online literary journal ten years ago and has since stopped publishing. Please check out the updated page right here.
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UPDATE (7/6/21): No, your eyes are not deceiving you. I've just posted an update on this site. As you can tell, the last time I posted on this site was 2/3/20, a month before COVID broke and all of our plans went up in smoke. Well, now that it's ebbing, I'm back. To usher this post-pandemic period, I'm giving away 10 signed first-edition copies of "Sentenced to Shakespeare" with Goodreads Giveaway. The giveaway ends July 17. To enter and find out more details, click here.
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UPDATE (4/21/22): Yes, I know it's been a while since I last did an update on this site. This site will mostly be for my books, past, present and future as well as events. If you want to check out new and noteworthy articles, please visit my journalism portfolio site at www.muckrack.com/irisdorbian. Now here's some exciting and surprising news: I was named by Newsbreak earlier this week as one of Forbes Top Ten B2B contributors. I am pretty shocked by this citation but also honored to be on this esteemed list with accomplished, talented people. I'm very appreciative of this recognition. Thank you Newsbreak! Check it out at this link.
BREAKING (4/13/19): Video presentation of my recent (4/1/19) talk on "Intergenerational Trauma: Struggling With a Difficult Legacy," at Bergen Community College (part of their Holocaust series), was posted on YouTube on BCC's channel. Check it out here.
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BREAKING (11/1/19): I've done several radio interviews promoting "Sentenced to Shakespeare." They include: October 3, 2019 - Radio Interview - Tell Me Your Story with Richard Dugan; and September 30, 2019 - Radio Interview (starts at 33:54 in podcast link) - The Bill Newman Show - WHMP
UPDATE (7/25/21): I'm happy to announce that on August 3rd, from 1-2 pm ET, I will be a guest on the "Pen For Hire Podcast." I will be talking to host Matthew Harms about my book "Sentenced to Shakespeare" and the writing process. Here are a few links if you want to watch it live:
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