Creative Writing Program
University of Notre Dame
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame IN 46556
The College of New Jersey, BA in English
Area of writing: Poetry
Mary Dwyer courts obsession with both the quotidian and the surreal. Through her poetry, she is interested in exploring the ways in which trauma and institutional rigidity fragment our language, our psyches, and our relationships to corporeal life and time. Her poems blend exhumed artifacts from dreams with blips of mundane experience; pit archetypal cadences of nursery rhyme against bursts of clinical prose.
After studying English and Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey, she worked in the college textbook industry for four years and served as an administrative assistant at a boarding school for three. She finds inspiration in traversing cityscapes, collaging, listening to people talk, and peering in lit windows at night.