Mickey Maguire has had such varied life experiences, he was actually advised by a potential employer to merely state, “Jack of All Trades” on the previous jobs section of his psychiatric social worker employment application. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he has been an off-shore scallop boat deckhand out of Provincetown, Cape Cod, ship’s cook (a job he swears provided his most pertinent social work training), farmworker, and blacksmith’s apprentice in Nova Scotia where he built his own log cabin in 1974, banjo player for touring and recording bluegrass band James Reams & The Barnstormers and New Jersey’s String Fever, a working actor in New York City and Screen Actors Guild member, guitar player in a swing and country trio and, for thirty-three years, Assistant Program Director for the St. Francis Residences, a residential program providing permanent housing for homeless mentally ill individuals in Manhattan.
Graduating with an English Major from Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College), Mickey balanced his education with the acquisition of land in Nova Scotia and building his hand-made log cabin. Throughout his artistic and philanthropic pursuits, Mickey has been a writer. Beginning with his first love, poetry, and shifting to articles, he has placed humorous pieces in trade magazine National Fisherman, Banjo Newsletter Magazine as well as a cover article in that publication on banjo legend Walter Hensley. Feather White was written with a great deal of reliance on the copious journal notes he kept during the 1970s.