Mary E. Cronin


Mary E. Cronin writes fiction and poetry from her home on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She spent her early years in the Bronx, NY, where she fell in love with reading, writing, libraries, and black and white cookies. Mary holds Rudine Sims Bishop’s construct of windows and mirrors close to heart as she crafts picture books and poetry collections that highlight a diverse array of families, celebrate the lives and efforts of “unsung heroes,” and illuminate moments of social-emotional connectedness. A community college educator, she teaches both writing and Early Childhood Education.

Mary earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her fiction and poetry have received honors from VCFA (Candlewick Prize), the Boston Authors Club, SCBWI (Kimberly Colen Grant), the Highlights Foundation (Eileen Spinelli scholarship), The Writing Barn (Candlewick-Rainbow Weekend scholarship), and New England SCBWI (Ruth Landers Glass scholarship).

Mary’s poetry has been published in anthologies such as Rhyme and Rhythm: An Anthology of High School Sports and Poems and Amazing Faces, collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Provincetown Magazine, and on WCAI-FM, the NPR station of the Cape and Islands. Mary is repped by Lori Steel.

Favorite Quote: “Don’t postpone joy.” —Edie Windsor