& a bit of photography & prose
Baltimore Review: "Kawana Campsite" (forthcoming)
Bear Review: "Portrait of Wilderness Rehab as The Things They Carried" (forthcoming)
Sonora Review: "They're Not Lying When They Tell You You'll Dream of the Dead II" (forthcoming)
Porter House Review: "Missing"
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"
december: "Portrait of My Grandfather on Rewind" (forthcoming)
Prairie Schooner: "What Could Have Been" (forthcoming)
Salt Hill: "Portrait of Wilderness Rehab with Omen" (forthcoming)
Chautauqua: "The Red Sea" (forthcoming)
Fairy Tale Review: "When I Bring You Home"
December 2020: Mary is a finalist for the Scotti Merrill Award to the Key West Literary Seminar
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
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
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
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.