Mary Ellen Sanger
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Mary Ellen Sanger lived in Mexico for 17 years, and has published short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry in Spanish and English in Mexico, the US, and online. She is a former finalist for the Room of Her Own Foundation Gift of Freedom Award and a recipient of their Orlando Award for Poetry. She led bilingual creative writing workshops with New York Writers Coalition from 2005 to 2012, serving immigrant youth and elders with memory loss. Mary Ellen is currently the Associate Director of the Community Literacy Center at Colorado State University and leads workshops at Larimer County Community Corrections, where she writes with women and men who are heading back to the community after incarceration. Though she has lived in Colorado since 2013, she continues to work as a remote nonprofit administrator for a NYC nonprofit that works in issues around aging. Mary Ellen has been a member of the fiction and poetry committees for the PEN Prison Writing Program, and was a post-production coordinator for the Emmy award-winning Mexican documentary "Presunto Culpable" (Presumed Guilty).
Winning Entry: Blackbirds in the Pomegranate Tree
Contest Won: North Street Book Prize 2016, Second Prize