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Mary Ellen Raneri is a writer and artist from Latrobe, PA. She is currently working on children’s’ books – the current one is “The Sorcerer’s Pet,” which she wrote and illustrated. She earned a BA from Seton Hill and an MA from Purdue University and taught school for over 30 years. In addition, she is currently working on a degree in Visual Arts at Westmoreland Community College.

Mary Ellen enjoys all types of medium – especially watercolor and portraits. She will do commission work and will teach painting parties for adults and children. Currently, she is a writing contributor for “Punxsutawney Hometown Magazine,” where you will find her monthly narrative in this local publication.

In addition, she has published a piece of writing that was spotlighted on the cover of the August 2014 edition of “NEA Active Life.” She is published in “Reminisce” magazine for a piece of writing called, “The Toothpick Man.” Most recently, Mary is published in” NEA Today for NEA – Retired Members,” with her piece called, “The Phoenix”.