Maggie Bloomfield, LCSW, MFA is actor, singer, poet, writer, educator, psychotherapist, and addiction counselor. For thirty years, Maggie performed on and off- Broadway, in television, and helped pioneer the cabaret explosion in the seventies. Member of the BMI and ASCAP Lyricists and Composers’ Workshops, Maggie wrote for the musical theatre and won an Emmy for lyrics on Sesame Street. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Stony Brook, Southampton in August, 2014. Poetry and essays have been published in The Southampton Review(TSR), Poetrymagazine.com, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Grabbing the Apple, Bards Initiative, Oberon, The Suffolk Poetry Review, and The Montauk Anthology. Her first chapbook, Trains of Thought, is being published this winter by Local Gems Press. Maggie was Stony Brook’s Provost Student lecturer, 2012, and panelist at Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) in Boston, 2013, and Minneapolis, 2015, the latter with poets Susan Dingle and Terri Muuss. They also present at the Expressive Therapies Summit (ETS) in Manhattan as “The Poets of Well-Being.” Spoken word performances include Café Nuyorican, NYC, Green Mill, Chicago, and National Institute for Psychoanalysis (NIP), NYC. She is a proud participant and supporter of Susan Dingle’s “Poetry Street” in Riverhead, NY. On September 24, 2016, Maggie and Susan Dingle presented their one-act play in poetry and prose, Break Out! At the Southampton Cultural Center, to an audience of 200 and a standing ovation. They repeated the performance for three nights at the Long Island Fringe Festival in Riverhead in 2017. Maggie mentors two young poets as part of Gladys Henderson’s (Poet Laureate, Suffolk County) poetry mentoring program.
Maggie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a retired Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). Since moving out of Greenwich Village to Westhampton Beach, NY, twenty years ago, Maggie has worked as an inpatient and outpatient counselor at Seafield Center and Bellport Outreach, and as Clinical Supervisor at Long Island Center for Recovery (LICR). For the past eighteen years, Maggie has maintained private practice in Westhampton Beach and New York City. She served as Adjunct Professor at Marymount, Manhattan and at CCNY, teaching the CASAC curriculum. In her psychotherapy practice, Maggie combines her own recovery from alcoholism with her belief in the power of the pen to heal and self-realize through her writing therapy workshop. She has expanded the concept in her work with “The Poets of Well-Being,” in readings, workshops and conference presentations. The poets do a twice a month writing workshop at Long Island Center for Recovery (LICR), a local addiction rehab facility.
Maggie lives in Westhampton Beach with her world-class jazz guitarist husband, Mike Gari, and a small, but mighty family.
"To the Voices in My Head,” originally published in the Journal, "Psychoanalytic Perspectives, An International Journal of Integration and Innovation," is being anthologized in a book of best selections from that journal, by Karnac Books, London.
Other publications include: The Southampton Review (TSR); Oberon; Grabbing the Apple, an Anthology of New York Women Poets; Nassau County Poetry Review; Suffolk County Poetry Review; Performance Poets Association Literary Review, (PPA); On Montauk, a Literary Celebration; Bards Annual, poetrymagazineonline.com.
Trains of Thought, a chapbook, published by Local Gems Press, LI