Maggie Dubris is a writer and sound artist based in New York City. She worked for 25 years as a 911 paramedic in the Times Square/Hell’s Kitchen area, and much of her writing draws on that experience. She has also worked as a professional hypnotist and a martical arts health care specialist for Kids Kicking Cancer, and is currently employed as a paramedic on film and TV sets. Maggie is the author of BrokeDown Palace (Subpress, 2019), In The Dust Zone (with artist Scott Gillis), Skels, Weep Not, My Wanton, and WillieWorld.
Brokedown Palace, her latest work, is the story of St. Clare’s Hospital, where she worked for most of her adult life.
I worked as a 911 paramedic in New York City from 1980-2007. Most of my calls never made the news. Poor people, homeless families, addicts. The media narrative of life as a paramedic wasn’t mine. As I get older, I’m driven to document the truth of my era and not let it be revised into what we now wish had happened. The future is encoded in the past only if the past is remembered clearly. My past brought us to Trump and the edge of a mass extinction. What is the past we’re making now carrying us towards?
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