Welcome to my new website

MaryAnnMooreHello 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.

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.

Mary Ann Moore at Salt Spring Library

Mary Ann Moore at the launch of Blue Halo by Lorraine Gane at the Salt Spring Library on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Photo: Diana Hayes. www.dianahayes.ca

Mary Ann Moore with Phyllis Webb

Mary Ann Moore and Phyllis Webb at the launch of Blue Halo by Lorraine Gane at the Salt Spring Library on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Photo: Diana Hayes. www.dianahayes.ca

Mary Ann Moore at the Globe Hotel for the chapbook launch

Mary Ann Moore at the Globe Hotel, Nanaimo on July 16, 2014.
Photo: Chris Hancock Donaldson www.chrishancockdonaldson.com