Mary Jane White is a poet and translator who practiced law at her home, the O. J. Hager House, in Waukon, Iowa, and is now retired to Amen Lake, Deer River, Minnesota. Originally from North Carolina, she earned degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts (HS, visual arts), Reed College (BA English, creative poetry thesis), the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop (MFA, poetry), and studied law at Duke University and the University of Iowa (JD by transfer, while completing her MFA, and teaching Legal Writing to at-risk students).
Her poetry and translations received NEA Fellowships in 1979 and 1985. She taught lyric poetry and poetry workshops briefly at the University of Iowa and Luther College, and was a visiting Poet in the Schools in Iowa before the birth of her son. She has been awarded writing scholarships to Bread Loaf (1979), Squaw Valley Community of Writers (2006), and Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference (2016). She has attended numerous writing conferences over the years, most recently in 2016, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Sicily with poet C. Dale Young.
Over the years, her work has appeared in many anthologies, journals and literary magazines. For much more visit her website.