Before Mary Stewart Hammond’s first book, and between the first and second one, she worked professionally as a child TV star, a child print model for Sears Roebuck, served as Little Miss National All Day Sucker (this was a very large lollipop [the old kind] popular 50 years ago; that the poet has done some of the things she has done in her life, shows the astuteness of the judges in bestowing this title on her), a “salesgirl” in the women’s clothing department at Smart Wear Irving Saks in Roanoke, VA, an actress on the Outdoor and Dinner Theater circuit, a secretary in the Philosophy Department at Yale, a stringer for UPI, a sportswriter at the Baltimore Sun, an Editor/Talk Show Host at WAYE radio, a media advisor and writer/producer for radio and TV spots for Maryland Senatorial candidate (he lost), a writer/producer for Culture Affairs, Maryland Public TV (John Waters was one of her cameramen), an interior designer at Pamela Banker Associates, later self-employed as Mary Stewart Allen Interiors, a property manager for 30 years of a large waterfront real estate company, while publishing poems, receiving fellowships for writing, conducting Master Classes in poetry year-round for 25 years, and editing manuscripts. All she has wanted to do since she was 7 years old was write. It has been a long journey from Out of Canaan to Entering History, and she continues to write today. She is currently at work on a new collection and a memoir.
Mary Stewart Hammond’s poems have appeared in many magazines and journals including The Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, The American Voice, The Atlantic Monthly, Barrow Street, Boulevard, Field, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Criterion, The New England Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Southwest Review, The Yale Review, and have been included in many anthologies and textbooks.
Mary Stewart Hammond’s first book, Out of Canaan, published by W.W. Norton, received the Great Lakes Colleges Association's “New Writers Award for Poetry.” She has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize. Other awards include MacDowell Colony and Yaddo fellowships and a Writer's Community Poet-in-Residence fellowship. Her new collection of poems, Entering History, is being published by W.W. Norton in October 2016.
Mary Stewart Hammond has read and conducted workshops throughout the Midwest and the South. She lives in New York City, where she teaches master classes in poetry through the New York Writers Workshop and works privately as a consultant on book manuscripts.