Mary Di Lucia
Mary Di Lucia is a poet, writer, and teacher. Her original training was in Comparative Literature, with an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She left traditional academia to study poetry in the M.F.A. program at New York University, where she was a New York Times Foundation Fellow. Her book of short stories, “Accompaniments,” (Red Hook Editions, 2017) was inspired by a collection of photographs of St. Petersburg; a collection of poems and play, “Backwoods,” (Lyeberry HQ, 2018) evolved from a collaboration with the feminist painter Gillian Davis. Some of her most recent work has been featured in “Brooklyn Rail,” “The Mom Egg Review,” “The Opiate,” and on Poetry Daily. For her work with young poets, the Scholastic Alliance awarded her an Outstanding Educator award. Her recent scholarly research has been on the diwan of the medieval Persian poets Jahan Malek Khatoun and Hafez. She has worked as a teaching artist for Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and has taught writing and literature at New York University, Deep Springs College, Harvard University, St. John’s College Santa Fe, and the Bard Prison Initiative.