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 Hashtag Queer vol. 2, If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration, and Amazing Faces, an anthology by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Her work has been featured in Provincetown Magazine, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Shewired.com, and on WCAI-FM, the public radio station of the Cape and Islands. Mary is repped by Lori Steel.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t postpone joy.” —Edie Windsor