Mary Ardery


& 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"

SWWIM: "Portrait of Wilderness Rehab as Terrarium"

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

Foothill: "Widowmakers"

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

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: Featured Artist (photography)

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"

Parks & Points: "Hiking Uphill" (nonfiction)

Rise Up Review: "Blood Clots"

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


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"

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



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

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



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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