Personality & Place #209

It can be a lifelong process to understand what makes each of us thrive as individuals, and how to create personal environments that foster our best selves.  Today we speak with science commentator Hannah Holmes about her book Quirk: Brain Science Makes Sense of Your Peculiar Personality. We also explore the idea of creative space with Joan Dempsey, a writer and teacher who works out of a converted chicken coop known as “The Shed,” in the back yard of her home in New Gloucester.


Hannah Holmes, American writer, journalist, essayist and science commentator

Hannah Holmes

Hannah Holmes is an American writer, journalist, essayist, and science commentator. She has published four books, most recently Quirk: Brain Science Makes Sense of Your Peculiar Personality. She has published articles online and in magazines including SierraNew York Times MagazineL.A.Times MagazineOutsideNational Geographic, and Discover. She has also been a real estate agent. She lives with her husband in Portland, Maine.

Writer and teacher Joan Dempsey

Joan Dempsey

A graduate of both the MFA in Creative Writing and Post-Graduate Certificate for the Teaching of Creative Writing Programs at Antioch University Los Angeles, Joan Dempsey is a writer and writing teacher. Her work has been published in The Adirondack Review, Alligator Juniper, Plenitude Magazine, Obsidian: Literature of the African Diaspora, The Citron Review and has been aired on National Public Radio. Joan writes and teaches from “The Shed” in New Gloucester, where she’s lived for the past nine years with her partner, Bert, and their two dogs, Logan and Bea, and two cats, Maggie and Little Jack.