Mary Sayler

Poet

Author's Bio

Mary Harwell Sayler has placed over 36 books in all genres and over 3,000 poems, articles, devotionals, and children’s stories with traditional and indie publishers. In 2012 the former Hiraeth Press published Living in the Nature Poem, and in 2014 Kelsay Books published her Bible-based poems Outside Eden and book of nature poems for children Beach Songs & Wood Chimes. That year, Mary also released her poetry book Faces in a Crowd, and in 2017, Cladach Publishing published PRAISE! Later that year, she released her poetry book Lost in Faith and after that Faces in a Crowd.  In 2020, she collected many of her previously published poems into A Gathering of Poems, which, like her other books, is available on Amazon and Kindle. Also in 2020,  she collected most of the prayers in the Bible, paraphrased them into contemporary language, and published the unique prayerbook, the Book of Bible Prayers  followed by the Book of KJV Prayers in the King James Version only.  She then collected over 250 Bible promises, paraphrased them into everyday English, and added conversational prayers to illustrate her book, Kneeling on the Promises of God. In June 2020, Cyberwit.net published her newest book of poems, Talking to the Wren: haiku, short verse, and one long poem.

Besides blogging Bible Prayers and Bible Reviews, Mary discusses and other aspects of writing on the Poetry Editor & Poetry blog and the blog in her name. In addition, she has written 3 Kindle e-books for poets and writers and  maintains a website with a variety of resources.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Horizon: The Haiku Anthology (Cyberwit.net, 2018)
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Ekphrastia Gone Wild (Ain't Got No Press, 2013)
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Gratitude Prayers (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2013)
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Sleep (Red Claw Press, 2012)
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vox poetica anthology (unbound CONTENT, 2012)
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Journeys End (Two Friends Publishing, 2010)
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Moments Of The Soul (Spirit First, 2010)
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Flights of Fantasy (Two Friends Publishing, 2009)
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Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront (OmniArts, 2007)
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Textures (Two Friends Publishing, 2006)
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Footprints (Two Friends Publishing, 2005)
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Wings of Icarus (Icarus Press, 1999)
Books:
A Gathering of Poems (Independent Press, 2020)
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Talking to the Wren: haiku, short verse, and one long poem (Cyberwit.net, 2020)
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Lost in Faith (Independent Press, 2017)
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PRAISE! (Cladach Publishing, 2017)
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Faces in a Crowd (Independent Press, 2016)
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Beach Songs & Wood Chimes (Kelsay Books, 2014)
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Outside Eden: Mary Harwell Sayler: 9780615994864: Amazon.com: Books (Aldrich Press, 2014)
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Living in the Nature Poem (Hiraeth Press, 2012)
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Poetry: Taking Its Course (Ocean Publishing, 2005)
Journals:
ALTARWORK
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Anglican Theological Review
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Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts, and Humanities
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Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal
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Broken Streets
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Byline
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Capper's
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Catholic Exchange
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Catholic Lane
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Central Florida Episcopalian
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Cerise Press
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Chest
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Contemporary Literary Horizon
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Creekwalker
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Crux Literary Journal
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Dovetail
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Failed Haiku
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God and Nature
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Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems
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International Literary Quarterly
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International War Veterans Poetry Archives
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Kalliope
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Mediphors
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Moonshot Magazine
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National Catholic Reporter
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Once Upon a Time
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Penwood Review
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Poetry Nook Magazine
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Princeton Arts Review
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Ruminate
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Saint Katherine Review
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Slow Trains
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The Barefoot Review
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The Literati Quarterly
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The Pegasus Review
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The Prose-Poem Project
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The Rusty Nail
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The Whirlwind Review
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Wild Violet
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Wings of Icarus
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Written River
Prizes won: 

The 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

 

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Rilke, Caryll Houselander, Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, T.S. Eliot, Donald Justice, Billy Collins
What I'm reading now: 
God's Word version of the Bible by God's Word, Poetry books by by Mary Oliver, The Soul in Paraphrase by Leland Ryken, Editor, The Message by Eugene Peterson, The Paraclete Poetry Anthology by Editor Burrows

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
No
Identifies as: 
American, Christian
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Lewisburg, TN
Tennessee
Raised in: 
FL
Florida
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Last update: Jun 18, 2020