Mary McCray (also known as M.E. Ladd and Mary Elizabeth Ladd) is the author of Why Photographers Commit Suicide, a book of poems about exploration and frontiers published by Trementina Books. She is also the co-author of a book of haiku published by Timberline Press entitled St. Lou Haiku.
Mary was co-editor of the award winning pop culture zine Ape Culture, named one of the best web sites by Web Guide Magazine and listed in one of Yahoo! Internet Life's issue of Humor on the Net. Her poems have appeared in Ape Culture, Phoebe--The Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques, The South Carolina Review, The Wisconsin Review, Switched-on Gutenberg, Literal Latte, Natural Bridge, Tintern Abbey, Eye Dialect, Mudfish and Hilltop Press in West Yorkshire, England. Her essays have been published in Book/Mark, Ape Culture and Hermenaut, The Journal of Heady Philosophy. She earned her B.A. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1991 and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in 1997.
Mary has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico; St. Louis, Missouri; Stow, Massachusetts; Yonkers, New York; Lititz, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, California (Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Venice and Redondo Beach), and she now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her archaeologist husband and their two fur-kids.
Mary and her co-editor at Ape Culture competed to win the chance to take home The Edgar Winter Dog in 2004 on the Animal Planet reality show Who Gets the Dog. Mary's dog Helga also ran for California Governor in the state's 2003 recall election before she passed away in May, 2004.
Mary has been a talking head on radio programs, college papers and The Philadelphia Enquirer as Cher Scholar. She is the editor of the spoof fan site CherScholar.com, three Cher fan zines (Superpak Vol. 1, Golden Greats and This is Cher) and she blogs as Cher Scholar on I Found Some Blog.
Mary also blogs about poetry at www.bigbangpoetry.com.
Connect with her at Twitter at https://twitter.com/Mary_McCray.
Mingle a little folly with your wisdom;
a little nonsense now and then is pleasant.
— Horace, Roman Poet