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Mullaney blends Celtic, Pilgrim, and Native American roots in his poetry. He creates "constellations of images...that reach out in all directions like a soul grasping at the corners of human existence," says The Malcontent. "A writer with a gift for language and the way a poem moves. Delicious!" says Lloyd Schwartz, Pulitzer Prize-winner for Criticism and auth

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Singer/songwriter Keith Hampton, founder of Boston-based Brave Records, calls Follow the Wolf Moon: "Sensual and sardonic. [It] reflects on moments of life that shine in the mind. They surprise you at first, but offer relief when you relax into them."

Illustrating a situation or emotion with words has been Mullaney's calling from an early age. He wrote his first haiku at age six and remains passionately in love with Japanese poetry.

His literary influences include TS Eliot, Joyce Peseroff, Lloyd Schwartz, Elizabeth Bishop, Charles de Lint, and Frank Herbert. Musical influences include Loreena McKennitt, Patty Griffin, Moby, and David Gray.

In addition to writing, Mullaney is a graphic artist, printmaker, painter and Web designer who has studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Boston and the University of Massachusetts.

He is an active member of the Arlington Street Church in Boston (Unitarian Universalist.) His interests include Buddhist philosophy, social justice and environmental causes, horseback riding, travel, Reiki, music, and martial arts.


  • Mullaney holds the honorary position of Poet-in-Residence at the Arlington Street Church in Boston.

  • He is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing.

  • “Chief Sunday’s Squaw” first appeared (in a slightly revised form) in The Watermark, University of Massachusetts, Boston. It was subsequently re-printed in The New York Review, and in my first book, Follow the Wolf Moon from MJS Publishing Group.

  • “Rest Stop on Rte. 128” and “Justice, Served Daily” first appeared in Pemmican (

  • “Thursday’s Child” appears as a song on the album Chance and Change, from singer/songwriter Keith Hampton.

  • “Won’t Die Today” was featured at the Unitarian Universalist celebration of Boston Pride 2006 and appears online at

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