Mary Volmer, MFA Fiction '05

Professor and Writer

Mary's essay "You Are Not the Special One: A Letter to My Son" was recently published in Mutha Magazine

Mary Volmer, MFA Fiction '05

Mary's Bio:

Mary Volmer was raised in Grass Valley, California and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was the recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to the University of Wales, and a Chester Aaron and an Agnes Butler Scholarship in creative writing at Saint Mary’s College, California. She is a professor and the founding Director of the Saint Mary’s College Honors Program. Her non-fiction has appeared in Full Court Press, Women’s Basketball Magazine and NPR’s “This I Believe” series. Her short fiction has appeared most recently in the Farallon Review. CROWN OF DUST, her first novel, was published in 2010, and her second novel, Reliance, Illinois in 2016. 


Mary's News:

  • Mary's essay "You Are Not the Special One: A Letter to My Son" was recently published in Mutha Magazine
  • Mary published her performance poem "Chekhov's Law" for Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence. Take a look! 
  • Mary Volmer's essay, "Writing as Laborious Play," was recently published on Brevity Magainze
  • Mary is hosting a book signing and celebration of A Secret Sisterhood at Book Passage in the Ferry Building Marketplace. Come to mingle, eat, drink and celebrate literary sisterhoods past and present and future!
  • Louise Marburg in Conversation with Alumna Mary Volmer at Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley on September 19th!
  • Read Mary's poem "Nine Months" at All We Can Hold: Poems of Motherhood!
  • Mary's most recent novel "Reliance, Illinois" is available for purchase as of August 18th
  • Mary will be reading an excerpt from her latest novel Reliance, Illinois at the Yuba Lit Community Reading Series on July 14th.
  • Mary's essay, A Traveler’s Approach to Crafting Historical Fiction was recently posted in the Fiction Writers Review.
  • Mary is part of teaching a Writers Workshop to help writers improve and explore their creativity. Deadline to participate in this workshop is on April 12, 2016.
  • Mary Volmer's A Short History of My Breasts was recently published in Mutha Magazine. An ode to breasts and the judgments they face, A Short History of My Breasts is a refreshingly real look at motherhood from the perspective of a new mother engaged in a new relationship with the girls. Please read the article here.
  • Mary Volmer will be reading on January 19 in San Francisco for the Farallon Review issue 6 launch reading and Edgar Allan Poe birthday celebration! Readings by Mary Volmer, Lynka Adams, Elena Mauli Shapiro, Joey Garcia. Farallon Review # 6 for sale. Cocktails and comradery. When: 6 to 8 pm. Where: the Lone Palm cocktail lounge, 3394 22nd Street, San Francisco (Mission District).
  •  Mary's essay "Mary Volmer Says 'WE' are not pregnant," was published in MUTHA Magazine