Poetry and Nonfiction
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"
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"
Indiana's Best Emerging Poets (Print): "After the Funeral"
Parks & Points: "Hiking Uphill"
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
August 2019: Mary reads with Hungry Young Poets at Rooster in St. Louis, MO
July 2019: Mary studies with Henri Cole at the New York State Summer Writers Institute
June 2019: Mary reads with The Inner Loop at Colony Club in Washington, D.C.
May-June 2019: Mary interns with Poet Lore in Bethesda, MD
May 2019: Mary's poem "Fear of Drowning" wins SIUC's 2019 Academy of American Poets Prize, judged by Amie Whittemore
April 2019: Mary reads at the RHINO release party in Evanston, IL
April 2019: Mary is Director of Programming for the Little Grassy Literary Festival, featuring poets E.C. Belli, Leila Chatti, and Paige Lewis, fiction writers Amina Gautier and Josh Woods, and essayist Alice Bolin
March 2019: Mary wins Honorable Mention in 2019 Roxana Rivera Memorial Poetry Contest, judged by Tiana Clark
December 2018: Mary attends a residency at Sundress Academy in Knoxville, TN
December 2018: Mary's poem "Millennial Milk and Honey" is nominated for a Pushcart Prize by After Happy Hour Review
Mary Ardery is from Bloomington, IN. She holds a BA in English Writing from DePauw University and is currently on fellowship at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she is pursuing an MFA. Her work experience includes camp counseling, catering, painting dorm rooms, harvesting vineyards, leading therapeutic wilderness expeditions, and teaching composition and creative writing at the college level. She loves her two pairs of Chacos and all types of cheese.