Welcome to my website
Hello and thanks for visiting my website. I’m a poet, writer and writing mentor in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
I’ve put poet first and perhaps it’s meant to come first as I became a poet in my grandparents’ garden in Eganville, Ontario where as an only child I developed my imagination. All sorts of writing followed in the form of diaries and journals, columns and articles for newspapers, travel pieces, poetry, personal essays and book reviews. ?And now a blog!
Writing is my spiritual practice. It comes out of the solitude as I experienced it as an only child and from writing in community. I find I need both the solitude and the support of a circle of writers. If you’d like to join me in a a women’s writing circle, please have a look under “Circles” for Writing Life. You can also join the Writing Life women’s circle “from away.” Have a look there if you don’t live in the vicinity of Nanaimo, B.C. If you’d like to work on your own following my writing resource called Writing to Map Your Spiritual Journey, have a look under “Books.”
My inspiration comes from blue doors and red shoes; foggy days and full-moon nights; smooth stones and moss-covered rocks; poets, dancers, singers and tricksters; small tables and Greek salads; the hours of a monastic day; a waiting desk; the smell of new books; burning sage; the great blue heron as muse outside my window; the fir trees I name Constant, Stillness and Serendipity. And definitely from meeting with others in a circle to write and share what we’ve discovered.
Mary Ann Moore at home in Nanaimo, B.C. September 2020 Photo: Wendy Morisseau