Mary Ardery

& a bit of photography & prose




The Indianapolis Review: Two Poems (forthcoming)

The Hopper: "The Darkest Time of the Year"

Twyckenham Notes: Four Poems

New Ohio Review Online: "Compassion Fatigue"

EcoTheo: "Afterward"

Moist Poetry Journal: "Song of the River in Winter"

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

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

Baltimore Review: "Kawana Campsite"

Porter House Review: "Missing"

SWWIM: "Portrait of Wilderness Rehab as Terrarium"

Cold Mountain Review: Two Poems

Cincinnati Review's "miCRo" series: "Assistant Guide" (autofiction)

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

Miracle Monocle: Three Poems

The Indianapolis Review: Featured Artist (photography)

Academy of American Poets: "Fear of Drowning"

Two Peach: "Learning of Your Overdose"

Boudin: "Trying to Make the 2.5-Hour Drive to the Trailhead Before Rain" (nonfiction)

Parks & Points: "Hiking Uphill" (nonfiction)



Beloit Poetry Journal: Two Poems

River Styx: "Little Lost Cove"

Salamander: "Moving to a Tourist Town"

Poet Lore: "Snowed in at Base Camp on Valentine's Day"

Best New Poets 2021: "Fourth-Grade Soundtrack" 

Wayfinding anthology: Two Poems

december: "Portrait of My Grandfather on Rewind"

FOLIO: "They're Not Lying When They Tell You You'll Dream of the Dead III"

The Sun: "Books: Rare, Medium, Well Done" (photography)

Salt Hill: "Portrait of Wilderness Rehab with Omen"

Prairie Schooner: "What Could Have Been"

Fairy Tale Review: "When I Bring You Home"

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




Mary reads as part of An Inconvenient Hour, a reading series in Chicago, IL



Three of Mary's poems are included in the INverse Poetry Archive

JUNE 2022

Mary's manuscript is a finalist for The Hudson Prize with Black Lawrence Press

Mary's manuscript is a two-time finalist for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize (Emerging) with MSU Press

MARCH 2022

Mary's manuscript is a semifinalist for the 2022 Perugia Press Prize


Mary is Runner-Up for the 2021 Joe Bolton Poetry Award with Twyckenham Notes


Mary's micro-review of Amy Woolard's Neck of the Woods (Alice James Books, 2020) is published on Southern Indiana Review's "Meter Reader"


Mary is accepted into the inaugural Lifelong Arts Indiana cohort of teaching artists and is the recipient of a consequent fellowship funded by the Indiana Arts Commission


Mary's poem is selected for Best New Poets 2021, guest edited by Kaveh Akbar

JULY 2021

Mary reads poems from the Wayfinding anthology (Finishling Line Press) and talks about poetry and public lands on the Skylit podcast with Skylight Books






Mary Ardery is originally from Bloomington, IN. She earned degrees from DePauw University (BA) and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (MFA), where she won an Academy of American Poets Prize, 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, teaching college-level creative writing and composition, and serving patrons at a public library. The recipient of a fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission, Mary currently teaches at Purdue University and lives in West Lafayette with her husband and dogs, Daisy and Bug.



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