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Marjorie Ryerson's Biography

Marjorie Ryerson

Marjorie Ryerson is an award-winning book author, journalist, photographer, teacher, and poet. She represented the Orange-Washington-Addison district as a state representative from 2013-2016, and she served on Randolph's Selectboard from 2010 until 2016.

From 1991 until 2005, Marjorie was a professor of nonfiction writing and photography for Castleton State College. Prior to that, she served as a reporter and editor for several of Vermont’s daily newspapers, wrote and took photographs for many national magazines and newspapers, taught poetry and journalism at Johnson State College, and served as a visiting scholar at Green Mountain College. She is currently a teacher of poetry for Middlebury College at the New England Young Writers Conference, which she has done since 1990. Marjorie holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Marjorie believes the presence and strength of a strong artistic environment enriches every community and community member, and calls art — be it music, writing, or the visual arts — the most essential communication tool humans have. "Art adds sanity and balance to a world that is all too frequently swallowed up by violence, anger, and alienation. Art connects us and heals us, both internally and externally."