Mary Ardery


& a bit of photography & prose




EcoTheo: "Afterward" (forthcoming)

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"

Rise Up Review: "They're Not Lying When They Tell You You'll Dream of the Dead" (reprint) and "Blood Clots"

Baltimore Review: "Kawana Campsite"

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"

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"

Atticus Review: "What the River Wants"

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)


Poet Lore: "Snowed-In at Base Camp on Valentine's Day" (forthcoming)

december: "Portrait of My Grandfather on Rewind"

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

Chautauqua: "The Red Sea"

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"



June 2021

Mary's manuscript is a finalist for the 2021 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize (Emerging) with MSU Press

April 2021

Mary reads at the virtual Parks & Points event to celebrate the Wayfinding anthology

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

"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


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





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, and teaching creative writing and composition at the college level. Currently, she serves as a Poetry Reader for The Adroit Journal and works for  Tippecanoe County Public Library. She lives in West Lafayette, IN with her husband and their Weimaraner named Daisy.



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