Mary Kovaleski Byrnes



On Leave

B.A. Mary Washington College
M.F.A. Emerson College

Contact Information

Office: Ansin 1117B
Phone: 8750
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Mary Kovaleski Byrnes is a poet, travel writer, and essayist, whose work has been featured in numerous publications and anthologies, including Guernica, Salamander, the Four Way Review, the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, the Boston Globe, Poet Lore, the Best of Kore Press, Best of the Net, PANK, and elsewhere. Her poetry manuscript, "The Genealogy of Fire" has been a finalist or semi-finalist for multiple book prizes. She served as poetry editor for Redivider and has been a reader for Ploughshares since 2009.

She is a co-founder and coordinator for the EmersonWRITES program, a free creative writing program for Boston Public School students. Her pedagogy on service learning and writing has been presented at national conferences, including the Conference on College Composition and Communication and AWP. 


Global & Civic Engagement

  • 2010
  • Co-founder and curriculum director for emersonWRITES, a free creative writing program for Boston Public School students at Emerson College. 

Awards & Honors

  • 2015
  • Alumni Award for Teaching Innovation