Eleanor Vincent


Eleanor Vincent is an award-winning writer whose memoir, Swimming with Maya: A Mother’s Story, was nominated for the Independent Publisher Book Award in 2004 and was reissued by Dream of Things press in 2013. Appearing on the New York Times best-seller list twice, the book was called “engaging” by Booklist. Swimming with Maya chronicles the life and death of Eleanor’s nineteen-year-old daughter, who was thrown from a horse and pronounced brain-dead at the hospital. Eleanor donated her daughter’s organs to critically ill patients and poignantly describes her friendship with the middle-aged man who received Maya’s heart. Eleanor is a national spokesperson on grief recovery and organ donation, appearing on CNN and San Francisco’s Evening Magazine. She has also been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and interviewed on radio and television programs around the country. Eleanor received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. www.eleanorvincent.com