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A Bit About Mary Hanrahan

Mary holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Counseling. Her work is inspired by the great writers James Wright, Shirley Jackson, Sylvia Plath, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and Mary Oliver. 


Her favorite time to write is early in the morning when it is quiet, still dark outside, and the sounds of night are alive. Her home sits near a pond populated with waterfowl and is frequented by fox, coyote and perhaps a few ghosts. These creatures often find their way into Mary’s stories and poems. 


She started writing and painting as young girl growing up in the suburbs of Grand Rapids, Michigan to cope with anxiety and as a way to express her love of the natural world. Mary’s love of animals and nature is apparent in her poetry, fiction, and works of art. She supports several animal conservatory efforts and has an affinity for rescuing anything in need of being rescued. One of her favorite organizations is Engler Canyon Ranch Mustang Sanctuary. This amazing group of people rescues the oldest and most neglected wild horses from horrendous living situations.



Mary still lives in Michigan with her family, three dogs, and a feral groundhog named Bill Murray. 

She has an on and off love affair with the snow and hopes to one day visit the Moon. 

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