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Proud aunt and award-winning author Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer, speaker, and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Mary Beth has been a regular columnist with one publication or another, including MSNBC.com and Redleg Nation, from the age of 16. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses (Cold Tree Press), was published in 2006. Her second, a text for young adults about obsessive-compulsive disorder (Mason Crest), is in the publication process. Her next adventure, a collection of essays about shadowing Ohio State's marching band, is underway

A graduate of Saint Mary's College and the Bennington College MFA program, Mary Beth's work has appeared in a vast array of publications, both online and traditional. Her work has been anthologized many times, including in writing textbooks and Random House's Twentysomething Essays By Twentysomething Authors. She has served as artist-in-residence in a host of writing programs, including the National Parks Service's, and has won scholarships to a wide variety of creative gatherings. Please do not mention Star Wars or Colorado to her unless you are committed to a very long conversation. 

Mary Beth is an introvert.

She is eager to communicate but prefers doing so via email, a giant stage, or intense conversation about Important Things.

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