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Upcoming Readings or Events

Gold Star Families:
50 Years Later

Traveling Educational exhibit created by Central CT State University writing students, which focuses on families that lost a loved one in the Vietnam War.


Windsor Public Library
July 13 to August 31

Connecticut's Old State House
Hartford, Sept. 2 to October 21

Silas Bronson Library
Waterbury, Oct. 23 to December 11

For more information about hosting this exhibit, please email me at collinsmae@​


Students will read from a range of genres at an English Dept. hosted event on Thursday, October 22, 12:15 to 2:30, Marcus White Living, Central CT State University. Free and open to all.

Other Authors You Should Read

Books on my night table:
Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

Sailing Alone Around the Room, Billy Collins

Writer * Professor * Public Speaker

Central CT State University students who helped create a traveling exhibit, "Gold Star Families: 50 Years Later," which commemorates families that lost a loved one in Vietnam

*** PETRIFIED FOREST National Park Service Artists-in-Residence Project***

Mary Collins and Susan McElhinney created a prose/​photo profile project of people that work, volunteer and visit the Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert in Arizona. "Faces of the Petrified Forest."

Young boy measuring petrified tree trunk. (Photo Susan McElhinney)

Winner Grand Prize Nonfiction, 2010 Indie Book Awards
American Idle looks at the social, cultural, physical and spiritual consequences of our sedentary culture. How can we integrate movement back into everyday life again in the U.S.?


Photobiography of the Wright brothers
National Geographic Books

Mary's essay, "Moving the Idle Masses," is one of six in WHAT I EAT: Around the World in 80 Diets, another great title in Menzel and D'Aluisio's award-winning Material World Series. Other essayists in this volume: Michael Pollan, Wendell Barry and Richard Wrangham.! Explore the new mobile-friendly travel guide by Sal Lilienthal and Mary Collins

**Twenty year career as a writer and editor in Washington, DC for a range of clients, including National Geographic, the Smithsonian and Discovery Channel

**Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction, Central Connecticut State University (2007 to present); Winner Teaching Award 2010; Director of Center for Teaching and Faculty Development

**Part-time professor at Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing Program, Washington, DC (1995-2007); Winner Teaching Award 2003; Winner Professional Achievement Award 2002; taught two graduate classes a term, ran the monthly reading series and helped oversee as many as 80 nonfiction advisees

**Veteran Guest Speaker for a range of clients, including Commencement Speaker, Boston University School of Public Health, 2010; Plenary Speaker, Annual Convention, National Center for Biking and Walking, 2010; Keynote speaker for a range of City Planning Annual Conventions and Bike/​Walk advocacy groups across the country

**Workshop leader and Writing Advisor for a range of corporate clients, including town governments, insurance companies, law offices; panelist at several major writing conferences, including Cape Cod Writers Conference, Baltimore Writers Conference and the Stonecoast Program in Maine

**Award-winning book author and essayist: Winner Grand Prize for Nonfiction at the 2010 Indie Book Awards; Best Book of the Year, American Independent Writers Group, 2010; Best Essay of the Year, Amercian Independent Writers, 2009; Best Essay of the Year, American Society of Journalists and Authors, 2003; Top 10 best YA Biography of the Year on Booklist and NY Public Library, 2003 and others