MEC-006Mary earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier and writes in multiple genres: middle-grade, poetry, and picture books. Mary’s essays have appeared in the Cape Cod Times, the Cambridge Chronicle, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and at SheWired.

The VCFA years:

While at VCFA, Mary completed a Picture Book Intensive semester led by author Kathi Appelt. Culminating projects included Mary’s critical thesis “Lighting the Way: Picture Books about Tough Times and Resilience” and a panel presentation entitled “Let’s Pretend: Depictions of Pretend Play in Picture Books.” Mary’s poetry collection Trucks, Boots, and Bells: Firehouse Poems was awarded the 2010 Candlewick Picture Book Prize at VCFA.

Poetry for Children:

Mary’s poetry for children has been featured on “Poetry Sunday” on WCAI-FM (Cape and Islands NPR station) and has been published in Ladybug magazine, the Christmas-themed anthology Mistletoe Madness, and Amazing Faces, an anthology edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins (Lee and Low, 2010).



Academic Publication:

“Resilience and Literacy: Building Two Strengths at Once.” Impact: The Journal of the NY State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. February 2012.

Poetry for Adults:

  • “Studying Rachel Maddow in Provincetown,” in anthology Hashtag Queer 2, 2018.
  • “Not in Kansas: Tribute to Rainbow Flag Creator Gilbert Baker,” Provincetown Magazine, June 2018.
  • “We Know How to Do This,” in poetry anthology If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration. Sibling Rivalry Press, January 2017.

Awards and Honors:

  • Boston Authors Club, Discovery Award honorable mention, 2020.
  • Candlewick Scholarship to Rainbow Writers Retreat, Writing Barn, Austin TX, 2019.
  • Eileen Spinelli Scholarship, Highlights Foundation, for Menders, a middle-grade novel, 2017.
  • Katherine Paterson Prize, Runner-Up, Hunger Mountain /Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2016.
  • Local Cultural Council Grant for “Connecting Through Kids’ Books: a Prison Writing Project,” 2016.
  • Finalist, Cape Cod Writers Center Writing Contest, Middle-Grade Fiction, 2016.
  • Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship (fiction), New England Society of Children’s Book Writers, 2014.
  • Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Grant Recipient, Creative Writing at Barnstable County Correctional Facility, 2014.