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"[Against the Tide] is an inspiring book about educational courage, about a law school for working-class people of all ages, that challenges the orthodoxy of the profession with its unique vision,"  Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States. 

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Debbie Hagan is an author, editor, journalist, essayist, and creative nonfiction writer. Her work has appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, anthologies, exhibition catalogs, and in various other publications. She is the author of the narrative nonfiction book Against the Tide. She is former editor-in-chief of Art New England Magazine and former book reviews editor of Brevity online literary journal. Her essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Sunlight Press,*82 Review, Dillydoun Review, Raft, Riverteeth, Harvard Review, Superstition Review, Hyperallergic, Pleiades, Brain Child, plus various anthologies, including Dime Stories, Fearless Confessions, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Debbie holds an MFA from Goucher College and has taught writing courses and workshops at  Massachusetts College of Art and Design, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Dean College, Grub Street, Maine Alliance of Publishers and Writers, What Cheer Writers Club, and elsewhere. She is writing a memoir. 



"Shine," The Sunlight Press, October 16, 2022

Portrait in Red, Dillydoun Review, April 2022

Out of Body, Raft, Jan. 29, 2021

Writing About Death, Split Lip, Interview with Sue

   William Silverman, August 14, 2020

Human Heart, Superstition Review, Issue 18, Fall, 2016

Blind Curve, Brain, Child, August 11, 2014

Birch Whisperer, Brain, Child, Oct. 21, 2013


Art Reviews 

Forever Under the Sky, Merimack Valley Magazine,

    profile of photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen,

    Dec. 8, 2018

A Multisensory Trip to Cuba’s Dark, Sugar-Filled Past.

    Hyperallergic, March 25, 2016, artist Maria     

    Magdalena Compos-Pons and Neil Leonard’s

    exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum

The Making of Grandma Moses, Folk Modernist,     

     Hyperallergic, October 17, 2016

Finding the Realism in Impressionist Childe Hassam’s

     Work, Hyperallergic, October 27, 2016

"Vincent, Weaver, Gorvett: Three Visions,” catalog

      essay for Cape Ann Museum, Oct. 2015

"Christo: Rapt in Public," Art New England, Jan/Feb,



Book Reviews

Heir to the Crescent Moon, by Sufiya Abdur-

     Rahman, Brevity, April 15, 2022

The Light of Two Burning Stars, by Laura   

      Davis, Brevity, December 8, 2021

This Jade World, by Ira Sukrungruang, Brevity,

      November 1, 2021

Censorettes, by Elizabeth Frank, Entropy, February 5,


I’ll Be Your Mirror, by David Lazar, Harvard Review,

       January 18, 2018, 

Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson, Pleiades, January 2017

Books and Anthologies

Fearless: Women’s Journeys to Self-Empowerment, 

    essay “Scaling the Gargoyles.”

DimeStories , 2014, essay, “Birch Whisper”

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen, February

     2014, essay, “S’more.”

Fodor’s Travel Guide 2014 and 2016, writer and editor

     of the New Hampshire chapters

Instant Connections, by Jason Landry, Doolittle Press,

     October 2013. Editor

100 Artists of Boston, by Chawky Frenn, Schiffer

     Publishing, July 10, 2013. Introduction.

Against the Tide, by Debbie Hagan, Hamilton Books,

     2004. Author of creative nonfiction, social justice

     book about how a group of educators fought the

     ABA to break open up opportunities in legal

     education to minorities and those who cannot afford

     traditional legal education. 

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