Photographer and essayist AgathaO is an intrepid and clumsy dame of a certain age who enjoys the adventures of the ordinary, likes to fix what’s broken, and has a tendency to trip and drop things.
She is the alter ego of Pleun Bouricius, independent historian, writer, and carpenter. She is the author of the collection, The Bog (2017), principal architect and author of Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills, a series of history/ecology adventures in Plainfield, MA; and the curator of the Plainfield Historical Society, where she also authored and designed, with Dario Coletta (photography) the 2010 Barns of Plainfield calendar.
Pleun is also the author of a checkered career: Until recently, she was Director of Grants and Programs at Mass Humanities. She is a contractor and a carpenter; drove a Freightliner Classic around the country for a while; brought the Women, Enterprise, and Society project at Baker Library at Harvard Business School to fruition; and taught history and literature and women’s history for a decade or so at Harvard University.
Her undergraduate degree is in history, women’s studies, and photography from Montclair State College, New Jersey; her MA, in English, and PhD, in the History of American Civilization, are from Harvard University.
She was born and raised in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, and lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts with husband Tee O’Sullivan and a dog named Buddy at “three dumps and a swamp”: 24 acres of forested hillside with a mile of stone walls and a bog.