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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Mary Jane Ryals

Mary Jane Ryals, Poet Laureate of the Big Bend of Florida, won a fiction Florida Book Award for a novel (Cookie & Me). She also was a winner of the Yellow Jacket Press Chapbook (Music in Arabic) and has published four other chapbooks. She’s published a short story collection (A Messy Job), a full poetry collection (The Moving Waters) and a mystery novel (Cutting Loose in Paradise). She’s a part time faculty member of Florida State University’s International Programs in Italy, Spain and London.