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A fanned-out pile of colorful glossy literary magazines
Literary magazines containing Mary's published poems and short stories.

Many of the Men

"Many of the Men"

A short story published in The New England Review.

This story borrows closely from the first chapter in a completed novel manuscript, that is seeking publication.

You can also read this story online or download it below.

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Six Poems

A selection of six published poems included in the poetry manuscript, The Physical World, a collection of narrative lyrics on themes the mind and the body.

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"The Read-Headed Man"

A short story published in Fiction magazine.

This story was also selected for an editor's choice anthology The Whole Story: Editors on Fiction. In that anthology, the editor of Fiction magazine describes the story as "suggestive, slippery, and haunting" and says it "finds a unity of voice, language, and narrative that makes all three disappear as separate elements."

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About Mary

Baltimore City

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Mary Clark is a Baltimore City native, a fifth-generation Baltimorean. She had the great privilege to attend Western High School, and is shaped by the teachers and young women from that formative experience. After graduate school, she returned to the city and taught writing in the area for five years before moving to Massachusetts for an employment opportunity. While working as a professional writer for corporations, she continued her fiction and poetry, waking early to write for a few hours... more

Publications

Mary has regularly submitted her fiction and poetry to elite literary magazines for publication. She has received overwhelming positive responses, as well as an amassment of rejections from editors. This is a list of her stories and poems that made it into print:

Fiction
- "Many of the Men." The New England Review 38.1 (2017): 26-38. Print. Online.
- "The Red-Headed Man." The Whole Story: Editors on Fiction. Ed. Warren Slesinger. Beaufort: The Bench Press, 1995. 76-83. Print.
- "The Plastic Masterpiece." The New England Review 16.3 (Summer 1994): 119-127. Print.
- "The Red-Headed Man." Fiction 11.2 (1993): 34-42. Print.

Poetry
- "One Way Love,” Your Place,” “She No Longer Looks at Herself.” The New England Review 16.4 (Fall 1994): 45-48. Print.
- “Parking,” “Pantyhose.” Ploughshares 19.1 (Spring 1993): 163-165. Print.
- "Our Philosophy Professor Used the Table as an Example of the Physical World,” “The Small, Black Velvet Purse with the Rhinestone Clasp.” Passages North 12.1 (Summer 1991): 4. Print.
- "Love Caught.” Black Warrior Review (Spring/Summer 1990): 110. Print.
- "The Curious,” The Late-Shift Workers,” “The Fish Lovers.” River Styx 29 (1990): 53-55. Print.
- "Breasts,” “The Guinea Hen.” The Iowa Review 19.2 (1989): 70-74. Print.

Interview
- The New England Review. January 2019. Online.

  • Literary Magazines

    A fanned-out pile of literary magazines.
    Literary magazines containing Mary's published poems and short stories.

Completed Novel Seeking Literary Agent

In 2018, Mary completed her third novel manuscript, CAMBRIDGE ROYALTY, a Rabbit Run meets The Wire. This polished literary novel with a commercial bent is an eventful story about race, love, addiction and urban renewal that takes place in The Coast, an under-represented neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

CAMBRIDGE ROYALTY is a literary novel about a resilient African American addict and criminal that takes place in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is the fictional story of Jackson Tower, a smart, optimistic, father with generational roots in the city, but in many ways this book is also the author’s story: the result of her compulsion to uncover the secret life of a man she had the pleasure of living with for most of the ten years they were together.

When the novel begins, Jackson works on the crew upgrading the infrastructure of an elementary school built on what was his grandfather’s land, seized by the city when he was a child to accommodate the children of new families drawn to the area as part of the soaring growth brought on by Harvard, MIT, and the industries spawned by those institutions. After the union takes him off that job, and his city abandons his efforts to get reinstated, Jackson tries to get whole while gradually unraveling.

This novel is a thematically-resonant story, driven by dramatic events that take place in the underrepresented neighborhoods of an esteemed part of the US. Jackson himself, lovable and complicated, a victim as well as a perpetrator of injustice, has his own take on racism and fair play, sometimes illuminating, and sometimes confused. The writing rigorously avoids conforming to notions of correctness and well-meaning. Instead it seeks to widen the frame, inviting readers to struggle with the messiness of life.

The New England Review published a short story that borrows closely from the first chapter.

  • Many of the Men

    A short story published in The New England Review.

    This story borrows closely from the first chapter in a completed novel manuscript.

    You can also read this story here.

    PDF icon Many of the Men

Novel-in-Progress

Mary is currently working on a fourth novel, another literary novel that is also commercial, described by agents as smart women’s fiction. ENOUGH SUGAR is a tragic love story with themes of infidelity, women’s friendships, childlessness, parenting, and a remodel of an antique home.

Published Short Story Reprinted as Editor's Choice

Mary's short story, "The Read-Headed Man"is published in Fiction magazine and selected by those editors for republication in the anthology The Whole Story: Editors on Fiction. In that anthology, the editor of Fiction describes the story as "suggestive, slippery, and haunting" and says it "finds a unity of voice, language, and narrative that makes all three disappear as separate elements."