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Mary Ann Moore  was born in North Bay, Ontario and raised in the Ottawa Valley. She spent many years in Toronto as well as other cities in Ontario. She and her partner Sarah Clark, a visual artist, have been living in Nanaimo, British Columbia since 2005. Mary Ann’s poetry and personal essays have been published in Prairie Fire, Carousel, Room, Freefall, and Vallum. Her book reviews appear regularly in the Vancouver Sun. Mary Ann leads women’s writing circles in Nanaimo including Writing Life, and Words in Progress for Writing Warriors.


Fishing for Mermaids (Leaf Press, 2014)

You Are Here (Leaf Press, 2012)

Those Early Days, Hopeful (Leaf Press, 2010)

The Names of Things (The Flying Mermaids Studio, 2009)


Honourable Mention, “No Paradise Here,” Vallum, Fall 2013

Second Prize, “Call Me the Name I Call Myself,” Imagine a World Without Hate contest, September 2011

Third Prize, “Unpacking,” Literary Writes, Federation of B.C. Writers, Fall 2006

Third Prize, “Frida’s Advice,” The Book Shelf’s Annual Poetry Contest, May 2005

Honourable Mention, “Fishing for Mermaids, Mining for Light,” The Book Shelf’s Annual Poetry Contest, May 2003


Writing Life, a six-week women’s writing circle in Nanaimo. Nourish Yourself. Honour Your Voice. Write Your Stories.

Words in Progress for Writing Warriors, a weekend women’s writing circle. Support for putting your dreams into action and your healing stories into the world. January 25 & 26, 2014 in Nanaimo.

Poetry as a Doorway In . . . and a Welcome Home, monthly poetry circles in Nanaimo beginning February 2014.

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