about mary lou

Sanelli has earned a solid reputation in the literary and public-speaking community through a steady commitment to writing and through twenty years of successful public readings and presentations. She has published seven collections of poetry and three works of non-fiction, Among Friends, Falling Awake, and her newest title, A Woman Writing.

Her regular columns appear in Seattle's City Living Magazine, Art Access magazine, as well as the Peninsula Daily News & Lilipoh magazine. She has written for the Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Morning Edition, National Public Radio, Seattle's NPR affiliate station KUOW FM, and many other publications and radio stations.

She works as a successful literary speaker. She presents her work at corporate events, women's conferences, literary venues, colleges and universities, book clubs, private events, and fundraising salons. "What Sanelli does in front of an audience is easier to recognize than it is to define." -The Seattle Times.

Also a master teacher of Lyrical style contemporary dance, she teaches workshops throughout the world.This professional dance training and performance experience enables her to present with skills that surpass the average author reading.

She lives with her husband in Seattle.