Mary Ardery




Salt Hill: "Portrait of Wilderness Rehab with Omen" (forthcoming)

Cold Mountain Review: "Elegy Remembering Our Climb on Looking Glass Rock" and "Invasive Species Lesson on the Drive to Nantahala" (forthcoming)

Bear Review: "Portrait of Wilderness Rehab as The Things They Carried" (forthcoming)

Chautauqua: "The Red Sea" (forthcoming)

Prairie Schooner: "What Could Have Been" (forthcoming)

Sonora Review: "They're Not Lying When They Tell You You'll Dream of the Dead II" (forthcoming)

Porter House Review: "Missing" (forthcoming)

Foothill: "Widowmakers" (forthcoming)

Cincinnati Review's "miCRo" series: "Assistant Guide"

storySouth"Notes on Hypoglycemia"

Fairy Tale Review (Print): "When I Bring You Home"

Missouri Review's "Poem of the Week": "Is This What People Mean?"

Miracle Monocle: "Sleepover Montage" and "Night Group" and "Keeping Our Dinner Reservation After The Doctor Refers My Sister To An Oncologist"

The Indianapolis Review (Photography): Featured Artist

Academy of American Poets: "Fear of Drowning"

Up North Lit: "This One Had A Sweet Tooth"

Atticus Review: "What the River Wants"

Two Peach: "Learning of Your Overdose"

RHINO (Print): "They're Not Lying When They Tell You You'll Dream of the Dead"

Parks & Points: "Girl Scout Field Trip to Bluespring Caverns" and "The Blue Ghost Fireflies of Western North Carolina"  and "Zebra Mussels at Lake Charlevoix"

Rise Up Review:  "Blood Clots"

The McNeese Review's Boudin:  "Trying to Make the 2.5-Hour Drive to the Trailhead Before Rain" and "For A Moment" and "The Woman in the Woods"

After Happy Hour Review: "Millennial Milk and Honey"

Kettle Blue Review: "Trying to Contact the Missing Girl in Our Town"

Gravel: "You Wanted New Animal Facts"

Sweet Tree Review: "Portrait of Missing Women with Wings" and "Reunion"

Hobart: "Hozier"

Indiana's Best Emerging Poets (Print): "After the Funeral"

Parks & Points: "Hiking Uphill"

Unlost Journal: "Alone in the Castle" and "The Best I Can Say"



November 2020: Mary's piece "Assistant Guide" is nominated for Best Microfiction by Cincinnati Review

October 2020: Mary reads at the virtual Adroit Staff Open Mic

September 2020: Mary's poem "Fire" is named a finalist for Indiana Review's 2020 1/2 K Prize

August 2020: Mary's manuscript is named a semifinalist by YesYes Books for the 2020 Pamet River Prize

July 2020: Mary's poem "Missing" wins third place in Porter House Review's 2019 Editor's Prize, judged by Ada Limón


May 2020: Mary becomes a Poetry Reader for The Adroit Journal

May 2020: "The Woman in the Woods" is now a video poem, read aloud by J. Fergus and filmed by Sunny Strader

April 2020: "Is This What People Mean?" is featured on the Missouri Review's "Poems Against Pandemic"

March 2020: Mary successfully defends her Master of Fine Arts thesis at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

January 2020: Mary studies with Gabrielle Calvocoressi at the Tin House Winter Workshop

January 2020: Mary is named a finalist for the Missouri Review's 2019 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Poetry


November 2019: Mary reads at a joint MFA event (SIUC, SIUE, UMSL) at Good Weather Gallery in Edwardsville, IL

September 2019: Mary reads with Jessica Freeman, Judy Jordan, and Jon Tribble at a Poetry & Labor event on SIU's campus in Carbondale, IL

August 2019: Mary reads with SIUC's Buzzed Lit at Brews Brothers in Murphysboro, IL

August 2019: Mary's flash nonfiction piece "Trying to Make the 2.5-Hour Drive to the Trailhead Before Rain" is nominated for Best of the Net by Boudin



Mary Ardery is originally from Bloomington, IN. She holds degrees from DePauw University (BA) and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (MFA), where she directed the 2019 Little Grassy Literary Festival and served as an Assistant Editor for Crab Orchard Review. Other work experience includes camp counseling, catering, painting dorm rooms, harvesting vineyards, leading therapeutic wilderness expeditions, and teaching creative writing and composition at the college level. Currently, she works for Tippecanoe County Public Library and lives in West Lafayette, IN with her husband and their dog Daisy.



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