About

 

Eanlai Cronin is a schoolteacher, memoirist, and certified facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. She runs writing groups and retreats in San Francisco’s East Bay for anyone in recovery from addiction, alcoholism, trauma and abuse, and for anyone longing to return to the well of their own forgotten words and stories. As a trauma survivor, Eanlai’s focus is primarily on writing as a creative means of reclaiming voice and agency. As someone whose Irish catholic background was doused in the trifecta of lies, denial and silence, Eanlai is dedicated to helping all writers, particularly women, to return from the roles assigned to them, roles that reduced and minimized them, roles that silenced and smothered them, roles where
many souls were made to accept their prescribed lot as the only reality they were allowed to live.

Eanlai believes in the possibility of new beginnings for everyone. And it all begins with voice and reclaiming one’s own story.

Her workshop series Writing the Soul Awake is based on three tenets near and dear to her heart: permission to break long silence, permission to claim lost voices, and permission to speak soul truths.

Eanlai’s work has appeared and is upcoming in Sinister Wisdom, Sonoma Women’s Voices, Peregrine, String Poet, Courage to Heal, and The Kerryman. Eanlai is submitting her first completed memoir, Girl in Irish, to literary agents and has begun work on her second book—another memoir.

Eanlai’s poem “Mise Eire” (I am Ireland) received an honorable mention in the sixth annual Pat Schneider Poetry Contest in June, 2017.

Her poem “What the Soul Sees upon Leaving” was chosen as a finalist in the String Poet Literary Journal Poetry Competition in 2016.

Her poem “What the Two of Us Know” was longlisted as one of 120 poems selected from 12,000 entries in the 2016 United Kingdom National Poetry Contest.

Her memoir essay “My Own Story” was included in the She Writes Press anthology “The Magic of Memoir,” published in 2016.

She has been a two-time recipient of a scholarship to San Francisco’s Lit Camp Writers’ Conference.

Eanlai has also been a featured reader at many well-known Bay Area literary events including Litquake, Listen to Your Mother, The Basement Reading Series, The Frank Bette Center for The Arts, and The Octopus Literary Salon.