Teresa K. Irish

Northville, Michigan 48168
United States

Business Phone: (734) 502-4577
Email: Teresa@AThousandLettersHome.com
URL: www.AThousandLettersHome.com

Contact between 9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m Eastern


Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science, 1984


A Thousand Letters Home was named Reviewer’s Choice by Midwest Book Review-Small Press Bookwatch. The Military Writers Society of America called it a fascinating book…a treasure trove, and placed it on their recommended reading list. The book received Honorable Mention in the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards which included 3,000+ submissions. The presentation of The Journey of the Letters has been described as inspirational, engaging, and captivating!


Teresa Irish, author of A Thousand Letters Home, presents the inspirational and life-affirming story of “The Journey of the Letters.”
One month after the 2006 death of her father, Aarol W. “Bud” Irish, Teresa opened his army trunk. There, nestled in row after row, were her dad’s nearly 1,000 letters from WWII. Visited only by him over the course of six decades, the letters were postmarked from Nov. 1942 to Dec. 1945. The fragile and yellowed pages were written to Bud’s parents and to the sweetheart who would later become his wife. From lonesome, moonlit nights listening to the Hit Parade, to the foxholes and front lines in Germany where Bud would receive the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and two Bronze Battle Stars, to correspondence with the heartbroken mothers whose sons died by his side, this is a moving and historic story of life and loss, hope and perseverance, unwavering faith and true love. A Thousand Letters Home is comprised of 320 of these poignant letters and 104 corresponding photographs. Teresa’s engaging presentation is a heartfelt journey back in time. It is a tribute to our country’s history, our freedoms, family values, and a call to individual citizenship in our day-to-day lives. A much needed message and perspective in today’s world, this is for the children, grandchildren, and future descendants of all veterans. This is for all Americans…Lest we forget.

Speaking Conditions:

The presentation of The Journey of the Letters is appx. 60-75 minutes. Visuals include a vibrant and wide array of large photographs displayed on table tops and easels. A two-sided page of letter excerpts is provided for printing and distribution. Hardcover and softcover books are available for purchase & signing following the presentation if permitted by the sponsoring organization. Themes and duration can be modified to accomodate program objectives. Complete marketing materials (including press release, synopsis, speaker bio, book cover, promotional verbiage, poster template, and related photographs) are provided well in advance of presentation date. Whenever possible, speaker assists in promoting the event via media (TV, radio, newspaper) interviews as requested. REQUESTS: Honorarium, transportation, lodging (no home housing please); three long tables for displays, three free standing easels, and microphone as needed.

Previous Engagements:

  • 101st Airborne Division Association, Michigan Chapter
  • ABC News
  • Alcona County Library – Harrisville
  • Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library
  • All Seasons of Rochester
  • vAlpena County Library
  • American Association of University Women
  • Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses Events
  • Barnes and Noble Author Events
    Iowa: Cedar Rapids
    Michigan: Allen Park, Ann Arbor, Flint, Green Oak Township, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Lansing, Northville, Saginaw, Troy, West Bloomfield
    Montana: Missoula
    North Carolina: Fayetteville
    Oregon: Bend
  • Berkley Public Library
  • Canton Public Library
  • Cape Fear Ladies Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
  • Capitol Area Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
  • Castle Historical Museum
  • Clark Retirement Community
  • Farmington Downtown Library
  • Franklin Public Library & Historical Society
  • Ft. Bragg North & South Post Exchanges
  • Cromaine Public Library
  • Great Lakes Art Fair
  • Gross Ile Veterans’ Gala
  • Iowa Veterans Home
  • Henry Ford Village Health & Rehab Center
  • Howe Memorial Library
  • Ida Rupp Public Library
  • Independence Village of Brighton Valley
  • Independence Village of Midland
  • Independence Village of Plymouth
  • Independence Village of White Lake
  • Iris Festival, Sumter, SC
  • Keepsake Collection Arts & Crafts Show
  • Kelloggsville High School
  • Livonia Public Library
  • Lutheran Home of Frankenmuth
  • Lyon Township Public Library
  • McBrite Manor
  • Michigan Historical Conference
  • Michigan Military Moms
  • Michigan Military Technical Historical Society
  • Michigan (Grand Rapids) Veterans Home
  • Military Author Radio
  • National Defense Radio Show
  • Next Chapter Bookstore
  • Northville Community Center
  • Northville Rotary
  • Nouvel High School
  • Novi Rotary Club
  • Olivet Gifts & Books
  • Operation Injured Soldier Michigan
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Plymouth District Library
  • Plymouth Historical Society
  • Plymouth Rotary Club
  • Plymouth United Methodist Seniors
  • Raucholz Memorial Library
  • Rosie the Riveter National Conference
  • Sunrise Assisted Living
  • Veterans’ Radio
  • Village Manor Retirement Community
  • Warren Civic Center Library
  • WAAM 1600 AM
  • WEMU 89.1 FM
  • WGVU Public Media Radio

  • Bio:

    Born and raised in Saginaw, MI, Teresa Irish is a 1984 graduate of Michigan State. She has worked in higher education administration, the staffing industry, and most recently as a vice-president for a national home healthcare & hospice company. Teresa brought A Thousand Letters Home to print five years after finding her father's 1,000 handwritten WWII letters and 250 corresponding photographs following his death in 2006. She retired in April, 2012 to devote her time to sharing the poignant and life-affirming message of the journey of the letters through speaking engagements and book events. Teresa has been the featured speaker/author at numerous events in multiple states and has appeared on ABC News, National Public Radio, The National Defense, Veterans Radio, and Military Author Radio. The story of the journey of the letters has been reported in newspapers throughout the country. Teresa resides in Northville, MI and is married to LTC Bradley J. Foster who is currently serving at U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, NC.

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