Jonas Salk said “Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.” I heard my mama say this when I was a child, and it changed and shaped the way I saw and moved through the world. As a parent and as an educator, there is no greater gift nor more sacred trust than to honor the gifts given me by those who came before by doing whatever I can to help the young ones following behind us. Writing for Peace will be the way we heal this world, heal and love each other. I’m humbled and honored to be a part of it.
Mary Carroll-Hackett earned an MFA in Literature and Writing from Bennington College in June 2003. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in more than a hundred journals including Carolina Quarterly, Clackamas Literary Review, Pedestal Magazine, The Potomac, Reed, Superstition Review, Drunken Boat and The Prose-Poem Project, among others. Her awards include being named a North Carolina Blumenthal Writer and winner of the Willamette Award for Fiction. She had an O Henry Recommended recognition for her story “Placing,” and her collection of poems, The Real Politics of Lipstick, won the 2010 annual poetry competition by Slipstream. Her chapbook Animal Soul, is forthcoming this year from Kattywompus Press. She has taught writing for nearly twenty years, and in 2003, founded the Creative Writing programs, undergraduate and graduate, at Longwood University in Farmville, VA, serving as Program Director of those programs until Fall 2011. She also teaches writing workshops on Writing Grief and Loss, Writing the Body, and Writing the Earth in partnership with The Porches Writers Retreat in Virginia, and will be offering writing workshops also for the foundation Little Pink Houses of Hope, a charity offering beach treats for breast cancer patients and their families. She was also recently invited to participate in Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know, an international project curated by Annette Marie Hyder, celebrating the diversity of feminism found throughout the world. Mary founded and has edited for the last nine years The Dos Passos Review, Briery Creek Press, and The Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry. Most recently, she co-founded and launched SPACES, an innovative online magazine of art and literature, featuring videos of writers reading. Mary is currently at work on a collection of personal essays.
Check out Mary’s author page here: Mary Carroll-Hackett: Poetry and Prose
“In our discussions, my students have asked 1) why they don’t know about a lot that’s going on out in the world, and more …importantly, 2) how they can go about educating themselves on topical issues that matter. So I asked my freshmen comp students how I could best go about helping them become more informed, beyond just the topics I introduce in class. This is what we came up with–what my son called a 21st century version of “Current Events.” I’m gonna post the kind of news I bring into class, but the students are also going to find an article online connected to their major or field of study, or to some area of activism that matters to them, and post it once a week. Let’s see if we can’t get our I’m Informed Learn on, y’all!” ~ Mary Carroll-Hackett
Poetry at the Porches: http://poetryattheporches.wordpress.com/
SPACES Literary Magazine: http://spaceslitmag.com/
Briery Creek Press: http://brierycreekpress.wordpress.com/
The Dos Passos Review: http://www.dospassosreview.com/
Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know – an international project curated by Annette Marie Hyder, celebrating the diversity of feminism found throughout the world.
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