Mary Gilliland ’73, MAT ’80

Mary Gilliland’s newest poetry collection, The Devil’s Fools, won the Codhill Press Pauline Uchmanowicz Award and was released on November 1, 2022. Infused with eco-logic, informed by feminism, and taking cues from Eve, Cain, Proserpine, Ulysses, Parsifal, and selves present and past, the 50 poems of The Devil’s Fools question and illustrate myths of nature and the nature of inherited myth. 

Gilliland’s other recent book, The Ruined Walled Castle Garden, won the Bright Hill Press Poetry Prize and was published in 2020. Her poems are widely published in print and online literary journals and most recently anthologized in Rumors, Secrets & Lies: Poems About Pregnancy, Abortion, and Choice; Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Prose; and Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms In Our Hands

The poet is a past recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and a Council for the Arts Faculty Grant from Cornell University.