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Mary K  O'Melveny



A retired labor rights lawyer,

Mary lives with her wife Susan

in Woodstock, NY and in Washington DC.  


Mary's poetry has appeared in many print and on-line journals and anthologies, including 

Allegro Poetry Journal, Split Rock Review, Voice of Eve, The New Reader, FLARE: The Flagler Review, Slippery Elm Journal, Songs of Eretz, Into the Void, The Offbeat, The Voices Project and West Texas Review.  


Mary's poetry has also been featured on national blog sites, including The New Verse News and Writing In A Woman's Voice. Her work has received award recognition in national and international poetry contests and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 


Author of A WOMAN OF A CERTAIN AGE and MERGING STAR HYPOTHESES  (Finishing Line Press 2018, 2020) she is also a co-author of AN APPLE IN HER HAND (Codhill Press 2019). Mary's newest collection DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY CARE MUSEUM will be published in 2021 by Kelsay Books. 


Mary's poetry awards include First Place in the 2017 Raynes Poetry Competition, First Place in the 2019 Slippery Elm Journal Poetry Competition, First Place in the 2020 City Limits Publishing Political Poetry Competition and Finalist or Honorable Mentions in the 2017 Pangaea Prize sponsored by The Poets Billow, 2018 and 2019 Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Competition and the 87th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition (Non-Rhyming Poetry). Her book MERGING STAR HYPOTHESES was a Finalist for the Washington Prize sponsored by The Word Works.  




Mary's web site is



A Sampling of Poems:


Late Autumn in Woodstock




Piano Man