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 Michael Patrick MacDonald Biography

Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in the Old Colony Housing Project in South Boston, a neighborhood that held the highest concentration of white poverty in the United States. After losing four of his eleven siblings and seeing his generation decimated by poverty, crime, addiction and incarceration, he learned to transform personal and community trauma by becoming a leading Boston activist, organizer and writer.

MacDonald is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and the acclaimed Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion. These two books are often selected as First Year Experience reads, for which MacDonald is available to speak at colleges and universities. He has been awarded an American Book Award, A New England Literary Lights Award and a fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study Center. MacDonald has written a number of essays and short stories, including The Resurrection of Cornelius Larkin and An Immigrant’s Tale, written for the Dropkick Murphy’s theme album “Going Out in Style.” He is also a regular contributor to The Boston Globe’s Op Ed page and is currently writing a series with Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism regarding the 40th anniversary of busing and ongoing race and class issues in Greater Boston.

As an activist, MacDonald has focused his efforts on multi-cultural coalition building to reduce violence and promote grassroots leadership from our most impacted communities. He has developed Gun Buyback programs and local support groups, which give voice to adult and youth survivors of poverty, violence and the drug trade. MacDonald is on many local and national boards, including the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat The Odds Essay Selection Committee, Crittenton Women’s Union National Advisory Committee and Families First of Greater Boston Advisory Board.

Michael Patrick MacDonald serves as Author-in-Residence at Northeastern University’s Honors Department, where he teaches his curricula: “Non-Fiction Writing & Social Justice Issues” and “The North of Ireland: Conflict, Reconciliation, and a Lasting Peace with Justice" every fall. He is also a Guest Lecturer at California State University, Northridge CA during the spring and at The University of Mannheim in the summer.

MacDonald is currently completing the screenplay for All Souls and is working on his third book, which will use narrative non-fiction storytelling to reveal issues of trans-generational trauma in our communities. In addition, he has developed a community-based writing and healing curriculum, Transforming Trauma: Finding Your Voice, which is currently being used with the Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston to help women who are transitioning out of poverty find their voices on the page and in the world.

As a speaker, MacDonald passionately and knowledgeably addresses a wide range of topics, including finding your voice, transforming trauma into leadership, race and the unspoken issue of class, grassroots organizing to reduce guns, violence and drugs in America, and other current topics personal to him, such as the Whitey Bulger case. Audiences will hear personal stories from MacDonald and be inspired to participate in the creative process of building a strong, better community.

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All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

Speaking Topics
  • Grassroots Organizing to Reduce Gun Violence

    Coming from a family and community that suffered from gun violence, Michael Patrick MacDonald recognized that those most affected by gun violence are also those who would be the key to solving the problem. Operating under this belief, he worked to recruit survivors across the racial divide in Boston's most impacted communities. The result was Boston's successful Gun Buyback program
    • which offered cash and vouchers to people who turned in their guns, no questions asked
    • of which MacDonald is founder and lead organizer. Through four annual Gun Buybacks, the program collected and destroyed over 2,900 working firearms and promoted a diverse citywide grassroots movement led by youth and survivors of gun violence. Following the Gun Buybacks, Boston experienced two years without one single juvenile homicide and a nationally recognized anti-violence movement was born. In this program, speaker Michael Patrick MacDonald tells audiences about the factors that made the program such a success, sharing both the high-risk stories behind the hotline calls and the unprecedented history of the grassroots movement itself. The Gun Buyback's effectiveness
    • due in large part to Boston's populations coming together across boundaries of race and neighborhood balkanization
    • is a lesson in how a united voice for peace on the streets can make a profound and measurable difference in a community.

  • Finding Your Voice: Helping Young People Transform Trauma into Leadership

    Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of two best-selling coming-of-age memoirs: All Souls: A Family Story from Southie and Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion. Both deal with the issues he experienced growing up in South Boston's Old Colony Housing Project, an area found to have the highest concentration of white poverty in America and some of Boston's highest death rates from substance abuse and its attendant violence (including suicide). Having lost four siblings to poverty, violence, and the drug trade, MacDonald has used his personal story to promote a conversation about trauma in the lives of young people and about the possibility for individual healing and community-wide change. Before becoming a full-time writer, MacDonald worked as a community organizer, helping to build coalitions to reduce substance abuse and street violence by promoting leadership from among those most impacted by the drug trade. "Finding Your Voice" uses stories from his own teen years to illustrate the impact of poverty and trauma (specifically violence and drug abuse) on young people and the transformative power of empathy and listening among service providers and therapists. This lecture strives to help youth workers and service providers:

  • Using Circle Process as a Technique for Creating the Space to Tell Our Stories (Workshop)

    In this workshop, Michael Patrick MacDonald provides specific answers to the following question: how do we allow our young people the space to find their voice
    • first, to find their voice to tell their story at their own pace, completely owning every step they take in that process, and then to find their voice in the world? Speaker Michael Patrick MacDonald says we must begin by listening, something he does with his Circle Process. Circle Process (literally "sitting in a circle") creates a space without hierarchy where we all feel listened to and where we lose separation, gain empathy for the other, and find company in our stories. It’s all about constructing our narratives, owning our narratives, and finding ways to connect with others through our stories and theirs. From MacDonald’s own experience and his observation of young people healing from past trauma, this has proven to be a powerful way forward in the aftermath of trauma.

  • The Legacy of South Boston Crime Boss Whitey Bulger

  • Our Common Ground: Race & the Unspoken Issue of Class in America

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Michael Patrick MacDonald Biography

Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in the Old Colony Housing Project in South Boston, a neighborhood that held the highest concentration of white poverty in the United States. After losing four of his eleven siblings and seeing his generation decimated by poverty, crime, addiction and incarceration, he learned to transform personal and community trauma by becoming a leading Boston activist, organizer and writer.

MacDonald is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, All Souls: A Family Story From Southie and the acclaimed Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion. These two books are often selected as First Year Experience reads, for which MacDonald is available to speak at colleges and universities. He has been awarded an American Book Award, A New England Literary Lights Award and a fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study Center. MacDonald has written a number of essays and short stories, including The Resurrection of Cornelius Larkin and An Immigrant’s Tale, written for the Dropkick Murphy’s theme album “Going Out in Style.” He is also a regular contributor to The Boston Globe’s Op Ed page and is currently writing a series with Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism regarding the 40th anniversary of busing and ongoing race and class issues in Greater Boston.

As an activist, MacDonald has focused his efforts on multi-cultural coalition building to reduce violence and promote grassroots leadership from our most impacted communities. He has developed Gun Buyback programs and local support groups, which give voice to adult and youth survivors of poverty, violence and the drug trade. MacDonald is on many local and national boards, including the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat The Odds Essay Selection Committee, Crittenton Women’s Union National Advisory Committee and Families First of Greater Boston Advisory Board.

Michael Patrick MacDonald serves as Author-in-Residence at Northeastern University’s Honors Department, where he teaches his curricula: “Non-Fiction Writing & Social Justice Issues” and “The North of Ireland: Conflict, Reconciliation, and a Lasting Peace with Justice" every fall. He is also a Guest Lecturer at California State University, Northridge CA during the spring and at The University of Mannheim in the summer.

MacDonald is currently completing the screenplay for All Souls and is working on his third book, which will use narrative non-fiction storytelling to reveal issues of trans-generational trauma in our communities. In addition, he has developed a community-based writing and healing curriculum, Transforming Trauma: Finding Your Voice, which is currently being used with the Crittenton Women’s Union in Boston to help women who are transitioning out of poverty find their voices on the page and in the world.

As a speaker, MacDonald passionately and knowledgeably addresses a wide range of topics, including finding your voice, transforming trauma into leadership, race and the unspoken issue of class, grassroots organizing to reduce guns, violence and drugs in America, and other current topics personal to him, such as the Whitey Bulger case. Audiences will hear personal stories from MacDonald and be inspired to participate in the creative process of building a strong, better community.

Michael Patrick MacDonald Books

Michael Patrick MacDonald Speaking Topics

  • Grassroots Organizing to Reduce Gun Violence

    Coming from a family and community that suffered from gun violence, Michael Patrick MacDonald recognized that those most affected by gun violence are also those who would be the key to solving the problem. Operating under this belief, he worked to recruit survivors across the racial divide in Boston's most impacted communities. The result was Boston's successful Gun Buyback program
    • which offered cash and vouchers to people who turned in their guns, no questions asked
    • of which MacDonald is founder and lead organizer. Through four annual Gun Buybacks, the program collected and destroyed over 2,900 working firearms and promoted a diverse citywide grassroots movement led by youth and survivors of gun violence. Following the Gun Buybacks, Boston experienced two years without one single juvenile homicide and a nationally recognized anti-violence movement was born. In this program, speaker Michael Patrick MacDonald tells audiences about the factors that made the program such a success, sharing both the high-risk stories behind the hotline calls and the unprecedented history of the grassroots movement itself. The Gun Buyback's effectiveness
    • due in large part to Boston's populations coming together across boundaries of race and neighborhood balkanization
    • is a lesson in how a united voice for peace on the streets can make a profound and measurable difference in a community.

  • Finding Your Voice: Helping Young People Transform Trauma into Leadership

    Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of two best-selling coming-of-age memoirs: All Souls: A Family Story from Southie and Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion. Both deal with the issues he experienced growing up in South Boston's Old Colony Housing Project, an area found to have the highest concentration of white poverty in America and some of Boston's highest death rates from substance abuse and its attendant violence (including suicide). Having lost four siblings to poverty, violence, and the drug trade, MacDonald has used his personal story to promote a conversation about trauma in the lives of young people and about the possibility for individual healing and community-wide change. Before becoming a full-time writer, MacDonald worked as a community organizer, helping to build coalitions to reduce substance abuse and street violence by promoting leadership from among those most impacted by the drug trade. "Finding Your Voice" uses stories from his own teen years to illustrate the impact of poverty and trauma (specifically violence and drug abuse) on young people and the transformative power of empathy and listening among service providers and therapists. This lecture strives to help youth workers and service providers:

  • Using Circle Process as a Technique for Creating the Space to Tell Our Stories (Workshop)

    In this workshop, Michael Patrick MacDonald provides specific answers to the following question: how do we allow our young people the space to find their voice
    • first, to find their voice to tell their story at their own pace, completely owning every step they take in that process, and then to find their voice in the world? Speaker Michael Patrick MacDonald says we must begin by listening, something he does with his Circle Process. Circle Process (literally "sitting in a circle") creates a space without hierarchy where we all feel listened to and where we lose separation, gain empathy for the other, and find company in our stories. It’s all about constructing our narratives, owning our narratives, and finding ways to connect with others through our stories and theirs. From MacDonald’s own experience and his observation of young people healing from past trauma, this has proven to be a powerful way forward in the aftermath of trauma.

  • The Legacy of South Boston Crime Boss Whitey Bulger

  • Our Common Ground: Race & the Unspoken Issue of Class in America

FAQs on booking Michael Patrick MacDonald

  • How to book Michael Patrick MacDonald?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michael Patrick MacDonald for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Michael Patrick MacDonald, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michael Patrick MacDonald or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Michael Patrick MacDonald?

    Booking fees for Michael Patrick MacDonald, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael Patrick MacDonald, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michael Patrick MacDonald?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Patrick MacDonald for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Patrick MacDonald for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael Patrick MacDonald or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael Patrick MacDonald or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michael Patrick MacDonald is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Patrick MacDonald for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Michael Patrick MacDonald generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are John Zogby, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jonathan Kozol, Geoffrey Canada and Wes Moore. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Patrick MacDonald for an upcoming event.

Michael Patrick MacDonald Speaking Topics

  • Grassroots Organizing to Reduce Gun Violence

    Coming from a family and community that suffered from gun violence, Michael Patrick MacDonald recognized that those most affected by gun violence are also those who would be the key to solving the problem. Operating under this belief, he worked to recruit survivors across the racial divide in Boston's most impacted communities. The result was Boston's successful Gun Buyback program
    • which offered cash and vouchers to people who turned in their guns, no questions asked
    • of which MacDonald is founder and lead organizer. Through four annual Gun Buybacks, the program collected and destroyed over 2,900 working firearms and promoted a diverse citywide grassroots movement led by youth and survivors of gun violence. Following the Gun Buybacks, Boston experienced two years without one single juvenile homicide and a nationally recognized anti-violence movement was born. In this program, speaker Michael Patrick MacDonald tells audiences about the factors that made the program such a success, sharing both the high-risk stories behind the hotline calls and the unprecedented history of the grassroots movement itself. The Gun Buyback's effectiveness
    • due in large part to Boston's populations coming together across boundaries of race and neighborhood balkanization
    • is a lesson in how a united voice for peace on the streets can make a profound and measurable difference in a community.

  • Finding Your Voice: Helping Young People Transform Trauma into Leadership

    Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of two best-selling coming-of-age memoirs: All Souls: A Family Story from Southie and Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion. Both deal with the issues he experienced growing up in South Boston's Old Colony Housing Project, an area found to have the highest concentration of white poverty in America and some of Boston's highest death rates from substance abuse and its attendant violence (including suicide). Having lost four siblings to poverty, violence, and the drug trade, MacDonald has used his personal story to promote a conversation about trauma in the lives of young people and about the possibility for individual healing and community-wide change. Before becoming a full-time writer, MacDonald worked as a community organizer, helping to build coalitions to reduce substance abuse and street violence by promoting leadership from among those most impacted by the drug trade. "Finding Your Voice" uses stories from his own teen years to illustrate the impact of poverty and trauma (specifically violence and drug abuse) on young people and the transformative power of empathy and listening among service providers and therapists. This lecture strives to help youth workers and service providers:

  • Using Circle Process as a Technique for Creating the Space to Tell Our Stories (Workshop)

    In this workshop, Michael Patrick MacDonald provides specific answers to the following question: how do we allow our young people the space to find their voice
    • first, to find their voice to tell their story at their own pace, completely owning every step they take in that process, and then to find their voice in the world? Speaker Michael Patrick MacDonald says we must begin by listening, something he does with his Circle Process. Circle Process (literally "sitting in a circle") creates a space without hierarchy where we all feel listened to and where we lose separation, gain empathy for the other, and find company in our stories. It’s all about constructing our narratives, owning our narratives, and finding ways to connect with others through our stories and theirs. From MacDonald’s own experience and his observation of young people healing from past trauma, this has proven to be a powerful way forward in the aftermath of trauma.

  • The Legacy of South Boston Crime Boss Whitey Bulger

  • Our Common Ground: Race & the Unspoken Issue of Class in America

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