Ellie O'Leary writes about growing up in Freedom Village. She is the Former host of Writers Forum on WERU-FM, a monthly radio show interviewing Maine writers. In May 2013 she won the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship in poetry. She graduated from Mount View High School in Thorndike, has a BA from Bates College, a certificate in non-profit management from UMaine, and her MFA in poetry from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. She has taught writing at the Pyramid Life Center in the Adirondacks and at Belfast (maine) Senior College.