Mary Ann Honaker holds a B.A. in philosophy from West Virginia University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a Creative Writing M.F.A. From Lesley University. Her work has appeared in 2 Bridges, Drunk Monkeys, Euphony, Juked, Little Patuxent Review, Off the Coast, Rattle.com, Van Gogh’s Ear, and many other online and print publications. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry chapbook, It Will Happen Like This, was released by YesNo Press in 2015. Her first full-length poetry collection, Becoming Persephone, was published by Third Lung Press in 2019. A second chapbook of poetry, Gwen and the Big Nothing, is forthcoming from The Orchard Street Press.
While living in Salem, Massachusetts, she was involved in the local writing community. She founded a poetry open mic, The Cellar, at The Beverly Depot in Beverly. Not only did she attend Salem Writer’s Group, a workshop for creative writers, Chrysalis, a workshop for novelists, and Incessant Pipe, a poetry salon, she also volunteered at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival for three years. She has performed her work at Zig Zag Open Mic in Salem, and has featured at Stone Soup in Cambridge, Speak Up in Lynn, Koto Open Mic in Salem, and Merrimac Mic in Newburyport. Her work has been included in a Cambridge-based Arts Festival known as the Lydia Fair, and selected for the American Voices series, an annual event held in Ipswich.
She currently lives in Beckley, West Virginia. She is a member of WV Writers.
She is looking for a home for a novel about Hades and Persephone titled Seeds of Winter.