Mary S. Palmer has a Master of Arts Degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of South Alabama. She teaches English at Faulkner State Community College, Faulkner University, and Huntingdon College.I am still writing actively; my latest book, TIME WAS, was released by Musa Publishing on January 2, 2015. I also like to write poetry, and I penned 34 poems to introduce each chapter for The Callings. I've had several poems published in a variety of publications. Recently, publishers Bookbyauthor published my story “The Big City—Then and Now” in their book New Orleans by New Orleans.
Although I have lost my husband and one of my sons, God blessed us with a strong, happy marriage and a family to be proud of. My husband and I liked the same things, travel being one of them. We were unusually compatible. My memories of the good times sustain me.
After Hurricane Katrina, I took Beanie Babies from my collection to Bayou La Batre, a fishing community near Mobile, to give to children whose families lost everything during the storm.
My husband and I had a goal of traveling to all fifty of the United States. So I started collecting plates from each one. Sometimes, I'd buy a plate from more than one city in a state, but my walls became crowded after we extended our travels to other countries. I then started buying plates from those destinations. We were lucky enough to visit many different countries and every continent except Antarctica.
Those experiences help in my writing because I always find something interesting to tell about. On a recent trip to Ireland with Loretta Theriot, with whom I'm writing a sequel to THE CALLINGS, a couple of amusing incidents provided me with enough material for two chapters.
Currently teaching English at Faulkner State Community College and Faulkner University, and at Huntingdon College.
Previously taught at Spring Hill College in Mobile.
Honors & Awards
2012–present – Member of the Baldwin Writers Group and the Six Censorians critique group.
2016 – First prize for (Alabama) short story, Hackney Literary Awards. My short story THE CONCRETE BLOCK WALL won $600. It will be published in the Birmingham Arts Journal.
2014 – First Place Award for Tourism Writing 2014 sponsored by the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative and cosponsored with the Alabama Tourism Department. It was presented by Congressman Bradley Byrne and he made a comment touting Tourism Writing on the floor of the House of Representatives which became a part of their permanent record.
2005 – Joe and Jo, Third Place, Screenplay, The Eugene Walter Writer’s Fest with the Department of English of the University of South Alabama.
2005 – Selected for Who’s Who in America.
2002 – Selected for Marquis’ Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Master of Arts in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from the University of South Alabama. MA thesis: Keep on Keeping on: The Story of George Wallace.
Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) in English from the University of South Alabama.