Mary Maxwell studied English literature at Bryn Mawr College and Classics and Medieval Studies at Columbia University. A winner of the 1990 “Discovery”/The Nation Award, she has been the recipient of a residential fellowship from the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. She has also been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.
She is the author of four volumes of poetry, An Imaginary Hellas, Emporia, Cultural Tourism and Nine Over Sixes, all published by LongNookBooks. Individual poems originally appeared in Agni, The Nation, The New Republic, Paris Review, Provincetown Arts, Salmagundi, Southern Review, Southwest Review, Slate and Yale Review. As an independent scholar she has published her essays and reviews in literary periodicals such as Arion, Boston Review, Partisan Review, Raritan, and Threepenny Review. She is also the author of a monograph about the painter Serena Rothstein, Discourse in Paint.
A collection of talks and writings on the subject of prosody and poetic translation is forthcoming. Her own translations of Provençal, Latin and Classical Greek poetry have appeared in The American Voice, Literary Imagination, Pequod, Vanitas, The Washington Post Book World and the anthology, Latin Lyric and Elegiac Poetry. She has also collaborated with the composer Jessica Krash on a song cycle based on her translations of the Roman poet Sulpicia.
A co-editor and contributor to The Longnook Overlook, she is currently completing a work of nonfiction about the genesis of the movie, The Night of the Hunter, whose origins can be traced back to her childhood hometown of Clarksburg, West Virginia. She lives with her husband and their daughter on Cape Cod.