Mary Mackey


Author's Bio

Mary Mackey is the author of 14 novels including "The Village of Bones" (Lowenstein Associates), and 7 collections of poetry, including "Sugar Zone(Mash Hawk Press), winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Her poems and novels, one of which made the New York Times bestseller list, have been translated into 13 languages and have sold over a million and a half copies. In 2016 the film "Time Piece" will be released. "Time Piece" is based on Mary Mackey's original script co-written with director/writer Renee De Palma. Former Chair of PEN American Center, West, Mackey has also served on the Governing Board of PEN Oakland. She is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a member of The Poetry Committee of the Northern California Book Awards, The National Book Critics Circle, The Women's National Book Association, and The Authors Guild. In Spring 2009, the San Francisco Branch of the National League of American Pen Women established the Mary Mackey Short Story Prize. To learn more about her, you can visit, find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter @MMackeyAuthor. The Mary Mackey Papers are archived at the Sophia Smith Special Collections Library, Smith College, Northampton MA. The Mary Mackey collection of rare editions of small press American Poetry (1964-2016)is housed in the Smith College Mortimer Library Rare Book Room.

Publications and Prizes

A Grand Passion
(Simon & Schuster, 1986)
, Breaking the Fever
(Marsh Hawk Press, 2006)
, Breaking The Fever
(Marsh Hawk Press, 2006)
, Sugar Zone
(Marsh Hawk Press, 2011)
, Sweet Revenge, pen name Kate Clemens
(Kensington Publications, 2004)
, The Dear Dance of Eros
(Fjord Press, 1987)
, The Fires of Spring
(Penguin, 1998)
, The Horses at the Gate
(Harper Collins, 1996)
, The Notorious Mrs. Winston
(Berkley Books, 2007)
, The Stand In, pen name Kate Clemens
(Kensington Publications, 2003)
, The Widow's War
(Berkley Books, 2009)
, The Year the Horses Came
(Harper Collins, 1993)
, Travelers With No Ticket Home
(Marsh Hawk Press, 2014)
My California
(Angel City Press, 2004)
Book Passage Press, Switched-On Gutenberg
Prizes Won: 
2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for "Sugar Zone." Finalist for Northern California Book Awards for "Sugar Zone."

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
The Night Manager by John le Carre
Witches and Pagan: Women In European Folk Religion, 700 to 1100 by Max Dashu

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer, Poet
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Identifies as: 
Irish American
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Fluent in: 
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
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Raised in: 
Indianapolis, IN
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Last updated: Aug 04, 2016