EILEEN OBSER holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University. She also has a BA in Writing and Literature from SUNY Empire State College. Eileen’s articles, short stories and essays have been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, Newsday Magazine, The Village Voice and, locally, The East Hampton Star. Literary magazines such as Proteus and The Southampton Review have published her work, as have anthologies.
A teacher of fiction and non-fiction writing for almost 30 years at colleges, libraries and conferences, her memoir, Only You, was published as a second edition by Brown Posey Press in 2019.
The memoir details the first 20 years of her life, She was born and raised in Glendale, Queens, New York, attended Catholic grammar and high schools, and married a boy from her candy store crowd when she was 18 and he was 19. The year was 1960. Billy and she were two naïve, uninformed teenagers, influenced by social and religious pressures – to disastrous consequences. The marriage lasted two years.
Eileen worked for The New York Times Information Bureau in the early 1960s, then remarried and gave birth to two children. While a young mother she attended writing workshops at The New School and at NATAS, both in Manhattan. In 1975 she moved to East Hampton, after a divorce, and has lived there since. She has been both a tenant and a landlady uring this time and is at work on a memoir about her East Hampton years.. Learn more at www.eileenobser.com.