Ann Hagman Cardinal is a freelance writer and columnist as
well as the Director of Alumni Affairs for Vermont College of Fine Arts.
In her past she has worked as an ice cream
scooper, bookseller, computer salesperson, publicist for the New
York City Ballet (just hum a few bars of the Nutcracker and watch
her twitch), and her favorite job, a clerk at Woolworths
on 5th avenue and 8th Street in NYC. Her goal, once she sells
her next book, is to work at Costco.
years as an undergraduate adult student at Columbia University,
taking classes at night, eating a yogurt for dinner as she ran
down the street, only to sit next to a 22 year old who didnt
want to be there. She finally earned her B.A. in Latino Studies
from Norwich University in 2000 in the Adult Degree Program (where
she caught the writing bugthats right, you can blame
them), and went on to earn an M.A. in sociology and creative writing
from Vermont College of UI&U. Now she is collecting masters
degreesshe is hoping for a complete setand to that
end just graduated with her MFA in Writing from Vermont College.
Café Con Lupe, appears in several places including the
popular Latino blog La Bloga and she has had pieces appear in
numerous national publications, including most recently, AARP
Magazine and American Scholar. She also just completed her new
novel, The Gift of the Cuentista and the young adult novel La
Mangosta: Pirate Hunter.
Ann is an
obsessive knitter and in-line skater, and she spends too much
of her money on high-heeled shoes (not very practical in Vermont),
vintage Etienne Aigner handbags, and unique martini glasses. Ann
is married to the ever-patient Doug Cardinal, and they have one
son, the not-so-patient-but-terribly-clever Carlos Victor Cardinal.