MEC-006Mary has an MFA in Writing for Children 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, and at SheWired.

The VCFA years:

While at VCFA, Mary completed a Picture Book Intensive semester led by Kathi Appelt, and worked closely with advisors Julie Larios, Laura Kvasnosky, and Sarah Ellis. 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.


Mary’s poetry 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.

Works in Progress:

Tomfoolery: A small-town boy from Cape Cod, Tom dreams of becoming a window dresser in the big city. (middle-grade)

Menders: After tumbling through a portal into 1887, eleven year-old Elsie Powers befriends two children in peril, then infiltrates the infamous Blackwell’s Island Lunatic Asylum on a rescue mission, discovering that she belongs to a secret guild of healers called Menders. Winner of the Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship at New England SCBWI Conference, 2014.

Trucks, Boots and Bells: Firehouse Poems is an action-packed poetry collection set in an urban firehouse. Winner of the Candlewick Picture Book Prize at Vermont College of Fine Arts (2010).

Firefighter’s Kid: a middle-grade novel in verse.

Awards and Honors:

  • Arts Foundation of Cape Cod grant (2014)
  • Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship, New England SCBWI (2014)
  • Candlewick Picture Book Prize at VCFA (2010)
  • Kimberly Colen Grant,  SCBWI (2007)