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Mira Ptacin is a Maine-based award-winning creative nonfiction writer, memoirist, and New York Times bestselling ghostwriter. She's the author of the memoir Poor Your Soul (Soho Press 2016) as well as the feminist history The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna (Liveright-W.W. Norton). Mira is currently at work on her third book of nonfiction, Home Sick, a personal journey and cultural history that examines alternative homemaking structures that resist the capitalist nuclear family that pervades our country, depletes working parents, enables wealth disparity and environmental destruction, and undermines communal and extended relationships. 


Mira's work frequently appears in the New York Times, Lit Hub, Guernica, Poets & Writers, Down East, and more. Her essays have been featured in The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial 2012); Get Out: Twenty-One Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health (Cherry Bomb Books 2013), and the anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC (Seal Press 2013). She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she served as editor-at-large of their literary magazine, LUMINA. She's also the founder of NYC's Freerange Nonfiction, a reading series and storytelling collective, which has been praised by CBS as one of the “Five Best Things To Do in New York”, selected by New York Magazine as a “Critic’s Pick”, and was voted “Best Nonfiction Reading Series” by Electric Literature. Soon after moving to Maine from New York, she led the the writing program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. After visiting Mira's writing workshop and the documentary program, author Susan Orlean said: “There is an intensity and excitement to [the Salt Institute] that makes it exceptional. I’m in awe.”


Mira has led creative writing workshops at the Valhalla Women’s Correctional Facility, was a writer-in-residence at the Bronx Academy of Letters, served as guest faculty at Sarah Lawrence College’s Summer Writers Seminar for adults, and taught writing at CUNY-York College, Maine's Stonecoast, and University of New Hampshire's MFA programs. Currently, Mira is visiting professor of creative nonfiction at Colby College, and teaches memoir writing for incarcerated women at the Maine Correctional Center as well as The Maine College of Art and Design. 

She lives in Peaks Island, Maine, with her spouse Andy, son Theo Julian, daughter Simone True, and two rambunctious dogs, Huckleberry and Maybe, two rabbits, Raspberry and Captain Partyhard, and ten chickens: Blackberry, Comet, Sasha, McLovin, Uma, Agnes, Carrot, Mona, Brownie, and John Cena II.

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