Mary Kennan Herbert
Originally from the Midwest (born in St. Louis, Missouri), Mary Kennan Herbert now lives in Brooklyn, New York and much of her summers in western Massachusetts. Following a career as a senior editor in book publishing, she now teaches writing and literature courses at Long Island University and at other colleges and universities in the New York City area. She has led creative writing workshops for Bryn Mawr College, St. Francis College in Brooklyn, and the Vermont Writers League. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and periodicals in the United States, Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, India, and Japan, and have been selected for seven anthologies. Ms. Herbert holds a degree in art and education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a master's degree (M.A.) in creative writing with an emphasis on poetry, from The City College of New York, where she received three scholarships and the Jane Specter Award for graduate creative writing. Her first collection of poems was published in 1998 by Ginninderra Press in Australia, which since then has published six more volumes. Her first USA collection was published December 2000 by Meadow Geese Press in Massachusetts. She has been invited to read her poetry at numerous events, including the New Jersey Book Fair and the Baltimore Book Festival. The Brooklyn Arts Council of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs awarded grants to her in 1999 and 2000. She received first prize in the 1999 poetry competition sponsored by the Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, and first prize in the Jerseyworks first poetry competition in 2002.