Mary McGinnis

Writing poetry is Mary McGinnis’s joy. Revision is one way she plays. When she began doing timed writing practice, parts of her inner and outer life were unexpectedly revealed to her. She participates in three writing groups in which members inspire, support, and write with each other. Having the disability of blindness all her life challenged her to have a career for 35 years. During that time, filled with counseling and advocacy, she kept writing, no matter what. Living in New Mexico since 1972 brought her connection with emptiness, desert, and mountains. She won two awards for the poem “Desert Stones Talking.” Her first full-length collection, Listening For Cactus, was published by Sherman Asher Publishing in 1996 . She attended two month-long writing residencies at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1999 and 2002. She was one of the first recipients of the Gratitude award from the New Mexico Literary Arts Board in 2009. In 2012, she was a panelist and reader at the Write Disability Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Besides being published widely in journals and anthologies, she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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