Mary Ann Cain

Fiction Writer

1202 Illsley Place
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
(260) 456-3151

Author's Bio

Mary Ann Cain lives near the bend in one of the three rivers of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she teaches prose writing, rhetoric, and Women’s Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Her fiction, memoirs, and blurred genre work have appeared in numerous literary journals, including The North American Review, The Denver Quarterty, The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas, Thirteenth Moon, Many Mountains Moving, and Hawai’i Pacific Review, among numerous others. She is the recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist grant, two residencies at the Mary Hambidge Center for Arts, and one at Hill House Writers’ Retreat. Her book on writing workshops, Revisioning Writers’ Talk: Gender and Culture in Acts of Composing, was published by SUNY Press in 1995. Forthcoming from Heinemann Boynton Cook is Breathing Space: Composing Public Places for Writing and Teaching, with co-authors Michelle Comstock and Lil Brannon. She and her husband, poet George Kalamaras, share a 1929 Tudor-style house with their beagle, Bootsie. She also teaches creative writing for the Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble, a West African drumming and dance group for young people and is a jenbe player herself. India has also claimed her; she meditates in the tradition of Paramahansa Yogananda and traveled to India where she interviewed devotees of the legendary Anandamai Ma, spiritual advisor to Indira Gandhi, to learn about Indian women’s spiritual practices.

Publications & Prizes

Down from Moonshine (Thirteenth Moon Press, 2009)
Revisioning Writers' Talk (SUNY Albany Press, 1995)
13th Moon
Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts, and Humanities
Artful Dodge
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Denver Quarterly
First Intensity
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Many Mountains Moving
Nebraska Review
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Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine
Sun Magazine
Terra Incognita
The Little Magazine
Under the Sun
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Finalist, Carolina Wren Novel contest (withdrew upon acceptance of novel for publication by Thirteenth Moon Press)
Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist grant
Residencies at the Mary Hambidge Center for the Arts in Rabun Gap, GA and Hill House Writers' Retreat in Pulaski, Tennessee

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Belano, The Solace of Fierce Landscapes by Belden C. Lane, The Revisionist by Helen Shulman, Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman

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European American, Feminist
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Chicago, IL
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Last update: Aug 06, 2009