Mary Ann Ramey
The Sleepless One, fiction, issue 49, December 15, 2019

Mary Ann Ramey lives in Erie, Pennsylvania. After a career that included periods as a reference librarian and a labor lawyer, in 1996, she joined L’Arche, an international federation of intentional communities where people with intellectual disabilities live in mutual friendship and respect with others who help them create homes. She retired from an active role in L’Arche in 2017 after living in the L’Arche communities in Mobile, Alabama, Portland, Oregon, and Erie.

She has been writing poetry and stories, intermittently, for years and is delighted to be able now to concentrate on writing.

Get to know Mary Ann...

Birthdate? June 7, 1947

When did you start writing?

In childhood—I remember impressing my cousins with a story written in a spiral-bound steno notebook when I was nine. (I don’t remember what it was about, but I remember they were mostly impressed that it was twelve pages long.)

When and what and where did you first get published?

A poem entitled “The Artifact” in the October 1974 issue of Cimarron Review. (My first publication of a fantasy story is “The Sleepless One” in New Myths.)

Why do you write?

Writing is my way of making art, and I believe that making art is a basic and important human impulse, whether it’s writing, drawing or painting, working with stone or clay, making music, dancing, acting, making films, or one of the often unrecognized art forms like cooking, creating a healthy lovely home, or helping create good and beautiful friendships and communities. Our culture tells us that creating art is for specialists, but I think that takes us down an unfortunate path.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

There’s so much more that needs to be said than the conventions of realism allow.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story?

How can anyone have just one, or, for that matter, just a dozen?

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