Poetry and Nonfiction
storySouth: "Notes on Hypoglycemia"
Fairy Tale Review (Print): "When I Bring You Home"
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"
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
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
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. She lives in West Lafayette, IN with her husband and their dog Daisy.