Mary Jane Black studied English and journalism as an undergrad, and went on to pursue a master’s in English with a concentration on creative writing. Teaching writing and literature at the high school level for fourteen years, she nurtured her students’ voices as she hid her own. After long days of teaching, she would spend sleepless nights scribbling stories in tattered notebooks found in her classroom and writing short poems in the margins of her desk calendar. She attended Joyce Maynard’s Memoir Workshops in Guatemala, the Creative Nonfiction Magazine Conference, and Florida Writers Association Conference. She recently completed writing her first memoir Kick Ass Harley with excerpts from it published in Shark Reef Journal in Spring 2016 and in Oxford American Magazine in Summer 2016.
She lives in Austin, where she is a literary specialist for the State of Texas. Visit Mary Jane on Facebook.