Born in New Jersey, USA, I grew up in Florida. My family moved back to Central New Jersey, where I attended high school, and Rutgers-Newark College of Arts & Sciences (NCAS). After college, I moved to New York City, and shortly afterward began assisting with the Poetry Festival at St. Clement's Episcopal Church on West 46th Street. During this time I met PJ (Paul Johnston), the elderly Greenwich Village artist and writer, who is featured in my first book, Tally: An Intuitive Life (All Things That Matter Press). Living in the church for two years I became involved in community affairs. This was in the rough-and-tumble neighborhood known as Hell's Kitchen. For many years I lived in Hell's Kitchen, working in community service and advocacy.
My latest book is Racing The Sun, a short novel and volume 2 of the Leila Payson series. It's a sequel to Miami Morning: A Leila Payson Novel. A long short story, Covenant (Kindle only) is the story of three childhood friends growing up in Florida. I've also published a memoir, Into The Fire: A Poet's Journey, about my early years at the Poetry Festival at St. Clement's: Into The Fire: Part 1 and Part 2 are on Scribd.com (Mary A Clark).
My poetry credits include: “The Old Man Sings” and “Elegy for John Lennon,” Jimson Weed, University of Virginia at Wise, Volume 30, New Series Volume 14, Number 2, Fall 2011; “West Africa,”The Archer, a verse quarterly, Summer 1974, Volume XXII, No. 2 ; “Flying Trapeze,”Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream, Volume 31, No. 11, May 2011; “Hell’s Kitchen Sunset” and “HK Summer and Winter,” At the Edge magazine, print and digital, Artists in the Kitchen, NYC, August 2011; and “Memories are Fossils,” Jimson Weed, Volume XXXII, New Series Vol. 16, Spring 2013.
Published essays include: “Living Alive: A New Definition of Intuition” based on the life and ideas of Paul Johnston (PJ), Gatewood Journal: Art, Literature and Alternative Thought, online magazine, in Mind/Consciousness Expansion section, 2009; and “Rafting on the Stream of Consciousness,” Gatewood Journal, July 2011.
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