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Mary Harwell Sayler

Author's Bio

Mary Harwell Sayler has placed approximately 1500 poems, articles, devotionals, and children’s stories in a variety of journals, e-zines, or anthologies and 26 traditionally published books such as a 7-book devotional series, 2 life-health encyclopedias, a children’s picture book, and 2 books of poems. In 2012 the environmental publisher Hiraeth Press published her first poetry book, Living in the Nature Poem. In 2014 Kelsay Books, a secular press, published her Bible-based poems Outside Eden and also contracted to publish her book of children’s poems, Beach Songs & Wood Chimes. In addition, Mary has 3 e-books on Kindle for poets and writers: the Christian Writers’ Guide, Poetry Dictionary For Children & For Fun, and a poet-friendly home study course, the Christian Poet’s Guide to Writing Poetry. For a minimal fee, she also works with poets, one-on-one, through her website. She writes about poetry on the Poetry Editor & Poetry blog, reviews new editions of the Bible on the Bible Reviewer blog, and highlights posts on writing or the Bible on her Mary Sayler blog. Follow her @MaryHSayler on Twitter.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Outside Eden: Mary Harwell Sayler: 9780615994864: Amazon.com: Books (Aldrich Press, 2014), Living in the Nature Poem (Hiraeth Press, 2012), Poetry: Taking Its Course (Ocean Publishing, 2005)
Anthologies:
Ekphrastia Gone Wild (Ain't Got No Press, 2013), Gratitude Prayers (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2013), Sleep (Red Claw Press, 2012), vox poetica anthology (unbound CONTENT, 2012), Journeys End (Two Friends Publishing, 2010), Moments Of The Soul (Spirit First, 2010), Flights of Fantasy (Two Friends Publishing, 2009), Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront (OmniArts Press, 2007), Textures (Two Friends Publishing, 2006), Footprints (Two Friends Publishing, 2005), Wings of Icarus (Icarus Press, 1999)
Journals:
anderbo.com, Anglican Theological Review, Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts, and Humanities, Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, Broken Streets, Byline, Capper's, Catholic Exchange, Catholic Lane, Central Florida Episcopalian, Cerise Press, Chest, Contemporary Literary Horizon, Creekwalker, Crux Literary Journal, Dovetail, God and Nature, Haiku Journal, International War Veterans Poetry Archives, Kalliope, Mediphors, Moonshot Magazine, National Catholic Reporter, Once Upon a Time, Penwood Review, Poetry Pacific, Princeton Arts Review, Rattle, Ruminate, Saint Katherine Review, Slow Trains, The Barefoot Review, The Pegasus Review, The Prose-Poem Project, The Rusty Nail, The Wayfarer: A Journal of Contemplative Literature, Time of Singing, vox poetica, Wild Violet, Windhover, Wings of Icarus, Written River
Prizes:
Opening poem in Living in the Nature Poem was nominated for a Pushcart Prize; 2000-2010 poetry featured by local chapters of national groups; 2006 poetry-prefaced life-health encyclopedia awarded an ALA "Nonfiction Academic Favorite" for the year by the American Library Association

Mary Harwell Sayler Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins, St. Peter's B List by anthology, Villanelles by anthology, Poetry At Work by Glynn Young, Holy Heathen Rhapsody by Pattianne Rogers
Favorite Books:
Bible; Poets Reading: The Field Symposia; For Lovers of God Everywhere; Great American Prose Poems; Norton Anthology of Poetry; books by favorite poets
Favorite Authors:
Mary Oliver, Pattiann Rogers, Wendall Berry, Charles Wright, Donald Justice, Billy Collins, T.S. Eliot, Czeslaw Milosz, Tomas Transtromer, children's poets, biblical poets

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: June 11, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Christian
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Lewisburg, TN
Raised in:
TN, FL

Upcoming Readings and Workshops

  • September 10, 2014
    Crescent City Public Library (Book signing/Reading)
    Crescent City, FL

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