Mary K O'Melveny


3131 Connecticut Avenue NW, Apt. 2813 Washington
Washington, DC 20008

Author's Bio

  • Mary K O'Melveny lives with her wife in Washington DC and Woodstock NY.  Mary began writing poetry after retiring from a long career as a labor rights lawyer.  Her poetry has appeared in many print and on-line journals and anthologies and on national blog sites such as The New Verse News and Writing in a Woman's Voice.  Among the journals that have published Mary's work are Into the Void, Hamilton Stone Review, FLARE: The Flagler Review, Slippery Elm Literary Journel, New Reader, Split Rock Review, Think, Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, The Voices Project, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Ariel Chart,Voices of Eve and The Write Place at the Write Time.  
  • Mary's full-length poetry collection "MERGING STAR HYPOTHESES" (Finishing Line Press 2020) was a semi-finalist for the 2019 Washington Prize sponsored by The Word Works.  It has been hailed as "a resonant, essential collection of poems [that] span the cosmos and  the human heart" and as "a stunning debut" that "immerses readers in an orbit of words that swirl, shine and take us along an intergalactic journey."  Mary's chapbook "A Woman of a Certain Age" was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018.
  • Mary is a member of the Hudson Valley Women's Writing Group and a co-author of the anthology of writings by its members, "An Apple In Her Hand," which was published in 2019 by Codhill Press.  Mary's recent writings about the COVID-19 pandemic have been included in two anthologies:  Poems From the Lockdown (Willowdown Books 2020) and Art in the Time of COVID-19 (American Writers Review/San Fedele Press 2020).
  • She is currently working on two poetry collections: Dispatches From the Memory Care Museum and Flight.Reimagined.

Publications & Prizes

An Apple In Her Hand (Co-author) (Codhill Press, 2019)
MERGING STAR HYPOTHESES (Finishing Line Press, 2020)
A Woman of a Certain Age (Finishing Line Press, 2019)
Prizes won: 

2017 Raynes Poetry Competition, First Prize

2017 Pangaea Prize (The Poet's Billow), Finalist

2017 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, Finalist/Honorable Mention

2018 Fish Publishing Prize, Finalist

2018 Raynes Poetry Competition, Finalist

2018 87th Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Competition, Honorable Mention (Non-Rhyming)

2019 Pushcart Prize Nomination (New Verse News)

2019 Slippery Elm Literary Journal Poetry Competition, First Prize

2019 Over the Edge Emerging Writer's Award, Long-listed

2019 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, Finalist

2020 Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention





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Last update: Sep 02, 2020