Mary Austin Speaker is a poet and book designer. She is the author of The Bridge, released in January 2016 from Shearsman Books. Her first full-length collection of poems, Ceremony, was selected by Matthea Harvey as winner of the 2012 Slope Editions book prize and was published in February 2013. She is the author of four chapbooks: In the End There Were Thousands of Cowboys (Menagerie Editions 2009), Abandoning the Firmament (Menagerie Editions 2010), The Bridge (Push Press 2011), and 20 Love Poems for 10 Months (Ugly Duckling Presse 2012), as well as a play, I AM YOU THIS MORNING YOU ARE ME TONIGHT, collaboratively written with her husband, the poet Chris Martin for the journal Bridge. She runs a tiny design studio in Minneapolis, and regularly designs books for Milkweed Editions, The Song Cave, WW Norton, HarperCollins, Alice James Books and others.
Before she left New York, Mary cofounded Triptych Readings, which ran for three years before her move to the midwest, and curated Reading Between A & B poetry series for its last four seasons. She has also been Poetry Editor of Indiana Review at Indiana University; and has taught writing at Indiana University, Kirkwood Community College and the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. She has lectured at Adelphi University and Cornell College, taught book design at the Iowa Young Writers Studio, and was recently a Bartos Fellow at the United World College in New Mexico, where she taught a workshop in documentary poetics. Her poetry has received awards from Seattle Review, Diner, Lumina, Iowa Review, and the Academy of American Poets, and appears in recent issues of Spoke Too Soon, The Cultural Society; Boston Review; Konundrum Literary Engine Review, Subtropics, New Orleans Review, Lungfull; La Fovea; and other places you can find here. She has received fellowships from Indiana University and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.