MARY ANN SULLIVAN

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Mary Ann Sullivan is the editor of
The Tower Journal.

 

MARY ANN SULLIVAN is the author of an e-collection of poems, Mending My Black Sweater (Eratio, 2008); a novel, Child of War (Holiday House, 1984), a National Council of Social Studies and Children’s Book Council “Notable Book”; and numerous digital poems such as “What Can Burn, What Cannot” about Joan of Arc.
 
A former cloistered nun, Mary is today an Associate Professor of English at Hesser College, having received a Master of Fine Arts from Norwich University and a Doctor of Arts from Franklin Pierce University.
 
Her work has appeared at BBC Arts Online, BlazeVox, French Literary Review, Jacket, Mezzo Cammin, National Catholic Register, Poetry Library, Synchronized Chaos and beyond. She has lectured at the New England Conservatory and American Association of University Professors Conference, and is founding editor of Tower Journal, an international online literary journal.


The New York Times called her first novel, Child of War, set in Belfast, Northern Ireland an "earnest first novel."

 

 
  DIGITAL POETRY
 

Shaking Out the Spiders

Mary's first digital poem, "Shaking the Spiders Out" was published in 2004 by the BBC (British Broadcast Corporation) Arts Online.  Since that time she has created a collection of experimental digital poems that explore the intersection of sound, language and hieroglyphs.

 
 
VIDEO POEMS  
"Saint Katharine Drexel"
UNITED NATIONS WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK
 

"Saint Damien of Molokai"  Official lSelection
UNITED NATIONS WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK
 

"The First Poem of Summer" a playful video poem that explores double entendre with images.  
"A Tree Near Water"  a poem inspired by Psalm 1  
"This Magisters Know" a poem about the knowledge and role of professors  
"Signs" a video poem about image as sign.  
"Chora and Nous" a digital poem created in collaboration with Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino  
"Saint Joan of Arc" a video poem about the longevity of thoughts.  
"Blessed Margaret of Castello"  
"Still, Stone, Stay"  a poem that explores the tension between fixed poems and digital poems.  
"The World Writes" a poem that explores the world as first language.  
"What Can Burn, What Cannot"  a commemorative, poem song about St. Joan of Arc, that explores  metaphysical longevity  
"A Noun Thing" Words often bring images to mind; likewise, images stir the sound of words in our minds. Words and images have a reciprocal relationship.
This poem plays with that idea.
 
"Hieroglyphic Rondelet"  An attempt to create a rondelet, using film shots in place of syllables. It's one line short.  
"Tabula" an exploration of Greek bardic poetry techniques fused with digital video.  
  "Broken Wings" a poem written after discovering a pile of feathers in the woods.  
"Adaptive Language" an exploration of how videos clips can function as moving hieroglyphics, a pedagogical tool used as a discussion prompt in the classroom.  
  "De Campos' Tower of Babel Revisited"  an animated adaptation of a concrete poem by De Campos.  

Collaborations with other poets
 
 
"The Children of Children Keep Coming"  a video adaptation of a poem by Russell Goings.  
"Recapitulation" a video adaptation of a poem by Ruth Lepson, based on Bartok's Second String Quartet, second movement, played by students at the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts  
"Daphne and Apollo" a collaboration with British poet, Elise Stewart  

"Denying the Bird Within," a video adaptation of a poem by Amy King
 
   
ANIMATED POEMS  
  "Il Pleut," an animation of Apollinaire's poem, created in collaboration with Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino.  This poem is anthologized in the Brazilian book, Poesia Eletronica: negociacoes com os processos digitais (2008).  
Shaking Out the Spiders "Shaking the Spiders Out" published in 2004 by the BBC (British Broadcast Corporation) Arts Online. A poem about revision.  
  "Whimsical" an interactive poem, sub pseudonym, Sister Mary Whimsy  
  "Calamity Jane"  en experiment, not really a poem because the words are not written by me.  
  "Circle Words" a conceptual experiment in simultaneous word delivery.  
  "Empress" an experiment in simultaneous word delivery.  
  "Tilting" an animation of Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino's poem, Tilting.  
  "The Poet's Way Out of Hell"  A traditional composition, the segments of which are provided for the reader to reassemble.  
  "Alpha and Omega" an experiment in the computerized random delivery of the lines of a traditionally completed poem.  
  "A Leprechaun Lullaby" an interactive poem, with a button that the reader uses to randomly deliver lines from the poem.  
  "Thrice by"  an interactive love poem, dedicated to my father.  I wrote this poem in a traditional, linear manner, and then set up this construct to deliver the lines and words at random, to see if the meaning of the poem would remain.  

Other Publications

Novel

The New York Times called Mary Ann Sullivan's first novel, Child of War, set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, an "earnest first novel." (March 17, 1985 Sunday issue)

Child of War was also named a Notable Book in Social Studies by the National Council of Social Studies and Children's Book Council.
 
    More Links
 
  Mary  Ann Sullivan featured by the Poet Laureate of California,
Al Young

 
  Mary Ann Sullivan's letter to Poetry magazine regarding contemporary trends in digital poetry
 
  Kenneth Goldsmith's response to Mary Ann Sullivan
 
  Guillaume Apollinaire: The French Poet Who Predicted Digital Poetry,
 
  Mary Ann Sullivan's poetry at eratio
 
  Mary Ann Sullivan's Digital Poetry Featured at Mezzo Cammin

Lectures
Mary Ann enjoys lecturing about digital poetry and has done so at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts and at the 2010 American Association of University Professors conference in Washington, D.C.  To arrange for a lecture at your school or organization, please contact msullivan@metrocast.net  

Mary Ann Sullivan's article Guillaume Apollinaire: The French Poet Who Predicted Digital Poetry, has been published in France and England by the French Literary Review, and archived digitally at the Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London, England. 

Other Publications (this incomplete list needs to be updated)

"Abbandonato." The Chariton Review.  Kirksville, MO: Northeast Missouri State
           University, Fall, 1986: 34.

"Agua de Fatima, El" Alma Mariana.  Asbury, NJ: Septiembre/Octubre, 1995: 26, 28.

"American Cardinals React." SOUL Magazine.  Washington, NJ July/August, 1996:13.

”Are Video Stores Safe for Kids?” National Catholic Register. North Haven, CT: Circle Media,
          Inc.: July 20, 2003:16.

"Big Holmoak Tree, The." SOUL Magazine.  Washington, NJ May/June 1996:19. 

Bishop Breen accepts 22 deacon candidates.”  The Catholic Spirit.  1 February 2001: 4.

"Blessed Margaret of Castello." Fatima Family Messenger.  April/June 1993: 23-24. 

”’Blessed,’ With Children.” National Catholic Register. 28 October 2001: back cover.

”Boston Parents Wary of Abuse Lessons.” National Catholic Register. North Haven, CT:
          Circle Media, Inc.: 21 September 2003 FRONT PAGE.

"Brave Are Gone, The." Poetry North Review.  Anchorage, Alaska: 1983:31.

"Bringing Knowledge to the Nation: How the Library of Congress is Welcoming
          the American Public." Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT: 19 April 1998: 4-5.

"Busy Pastor Nutures Thriving Faith Community." The Catholic Spirit,

         Metuchen, NJ 13 Nov  1997: 10-11.

”Catholic Think Tank Grows in Washington.” The National Catholic Register.
          North Haven, CT. 6 January, 2002: 14.

"Catholic Church in Russia." Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT: 17 August 1997: 8-9.

"Collage on the Edge of the 80's: Review of Art Exhibit at Harvard Business

          School." Sojourner.  Cambridge, MA: May 1980:19.

Child of War.  New York: Holiday House, 1984. Favorably reviewed in the
          New York Times and named a Notable Book in Social Studies by National
          Council of Social Studies and Children’s Book Council.

"College Students at Fatima." SOUL Magazine.  Washington, NJ November/December
          1985.

"Conversion of Francis Allen." SOUL Magazine.  Washington, NJ May/June, 1996: 8-9.

"Conversions at Fatima." (Part 1) SOUL Magazine.  Washington, New Jersey, Jan./Feb.
          1995: 8-9.

"Conversions at Fatima." (Part 11) SOUL Magazine.  Washington, New Jersey,
          March/April  1995: 8-9.

"Cutting the Cost of a College Education." (Cover Story) Catholic Twin Circle. Hamden,
          CT. 29 March 1998: 10-11.

"Dali's Infemo." (Cover Story) Our Sunday Visitor.  Huntington, IN: 12 October
          1997:10-11.
"Devocion al Inmaculado Corazon, La." Alma Mariana.  Asbury, NJ, Special
     Edition l996: 9-10.

"Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary." SOUL Magazine.
           January/February, 1996.

Diocese marks milestone on the journey of conversion at combined rite.” The Catholic   
           Spirit.
Metuchen, NJ. 15 March 2001: front page.

"Dominicans Have Bells." Dominican Ashram.  Nagpur, India: June 1994: 90.

"El Herodes de Ourem." Alma Mariana.  Asbury, NJ: Julio/Agosto, 1995:15-19.

"Fatherless America Turns to St. Joseph." Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT:
          28 December 1998: 10-11.

"Fatima Parish Church."  SOUL Magazine.  Washington, NJ: May/Junel996:18-19.

"Fatima a Pilgrimage Through Time." Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT: 6 July 
         1997: 10-11.

"Fatima and the Corporal Works of Mercy." SOUL Magazine.  November/December
          1995.

"Fatima y las obras corporales de caridad." Alma Mariana.  Asbury, NJ:
          November/December 1995:12-15.

"Fatima and Hiroshima." SOUL Magazine.  July/August, 1996:18-19.

"Fatima, Hiroshima, and Fr.Cieslik." Christ to the World: International Review
          Rome, November/December, 1996:435-437.

"Fatima: The Grace of Cures." (Part 1) SOUL Magazine.  Sept./Oct. 1994, p. 8-9.

"Fatima:  The Grace of Cures." (Part 11) SOUL Magazine.  November/December,
            1994:12-13.

"Fatima Cures." SOUL Magazine.  May-June 1995:14.

"Fatima in the United States." Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT: 6 July 1997: 12.

"Finding Refuge in Marian Shrines." (Cover Story) Catholic Twin Circle.
            Hamden, CT: May 3, 1998: 4-5.

"Fourth Seer of Fatima: Canon Manuel Nunes Formigao." Queen of All Hearts.
            Bay Shore, NY May/June, 1995: 13-15.

"Full of the Woods." Sisters Today.  Collegeville, MN: St. John's Abbey, February, 
            1989: 353.

"Genesis." Dominican Monastic Search.  Vol. 11 (Fall/Winter 1992): 153-157.

"Grit, Grief and a Great Deal of Love: The Work of the Catholic Medical Mission
          Board." (Cover Story) 
Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT: 8 February
          1998:10-11.

Guide to Fatima.  Blue Army Press, Washington, NJ, 1997.

Heaven Sent: How Gabriel Project Volunteers Act as Angels to Unwed Mothers-to-be.”

         Catholic Faith and Family. Hamden, CT: 12 August 2000.

Helping Parents Heal After Miscarriage.” Catholic Faith and Family. Hamden, CT.
          21 May 2000: 10-11. (cover story).

"Hermit Day." Sisters Today.  Collegeville, MN: St. Johns' Abbey, March 1991: 82.

"Herod of Ourem: Government Intervention at Fatima." SOUL Magazine. 
          Washington, NJ July/August 1995: 10-11.

"Hidden Heroes: Pro-Life Teens" (Cover Story) Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT

        15 March 1998:10-11.

"Hidden Hero of Fatima." St. Martin Magazine.  Dublin, Ireland: July 1994: 11.

”Home for the Holidays: Tech Sgt. Lebel on a mission for his country.”  Tidings.
          Manchester, NH  Christmas 2001, cover story.

"How to Get into the Ivies and Other Top Schools: an Interview with Michele A.
          Hernandez." Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT:  29 March 1998: 6-7.

”How the Meert Family Lives Its Vocation.” Catholic Digest. Bayard Publications, Mystic
          CT August 2003: 10-14. 

"Illusionists, Jugglers, and Arbitrary Enforcers." Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT:
          26 October 1997: 20.

"Interesting Facts About the Fatima Parish Church." Christ to the World:

          International Review Rome XLI (1996): 366-369.

“Is Entrepreneurship the Answer?” Catholic Faith and Family. Hamden, CT:

          4 June 2000:  8-9.

"I Opened My Eyes." Skylark-52.  India and London: 1985: 37.

"Intervencion Guvernamental en Fatima." Alma Mariana.  Asbury, NJ
          July/August, 1995.

"Jesus and the Angels." Heart's Aflame.  Asbury, NJ: Spring, 1996: 11.

”Juan Diego, First of the Mexican People.” National Catholic Register.
          20 January 2002, (back cover):18.

"Last Vision: Our Lady Keeps Her Promise at Tuy" SOUL Magazine.
           March/April 1996: 6-7.

"Lenco passa a Historia de Fatima." sub pseudonym.  Elsa Maria Ribau Ferreira.
           Stella.  Porto, Portugal: March/April 1996: 12-13.

”Lives of Love: Diocese celebrates consecrated life.”  The Catholic Spirit.  Metuchen, 
          NJ.  8 February 2001: 4.

Life’s Work: Defenders of life recognized”  The Catholic Spirit. Metuchen, NJ.

          15 February 2001: front page.

”Link in a chain: Fr. Dan St. Laurent serving three-year mission in Honduras.” Tidings.
            Manchester, NH. 20 December 2001: back cover.
 

"Love for the Popes." Catholic Faith Magazine.  San Francisco: March/April, 1996.

"Lucia's Great Love for Her Mother." SOUL Magazine, Washington, NJ:
          January/Feburary 1997:14-15.

”Marriages Feel the Sept. 11 Factor.” National Catholic Register. North Haven, CT: 
           30 December 2001: back cover.

"Mental Prayer." Catholic Faith Magazine.  San Francisco: November/December,
          1996:11-12.

"Mother Angelica: Powerhouse for the Faith." SOUL Magazine, Washington, NJ.
          November/December, 1996: 20-21.

"Nation of Readers, A." Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT: April 19, 1998: 6.


"New Sources for College Financial Aid." Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT
          March 29, 1998: 8.

"New Despotism for Russia?" (Cover Story) Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT
          17 August 1997: 10-11.

”Other Story: Priests and Laity Across the Nation Defending Celibacy.” National
           Catholic Register. North Haven, CT: 12 October 2003: 3. 

"Our Lady and the Grasshoppers." SOUL Magazine, Washington, NJ:

           July/August: 17.
 

Parish staffs look to future.”  The Catholic Spirit.  Metuchen, NJ.
          25 January 2001: 5.

”Patrick, First of a Great Cloud of Witnesses.” National Catholic Register. North Haven,
          CT, March 17-22, 2002: back cover story.


”People from the 3 churches become one.” Tidings. Manchester, NH: 
          December 2001: cover story.

"Perpetual Adoration in Fatima." sub pseudonym Christopher Spin.  Fatima Family
          Messenger
. alexandria, SD, Jan/Feb. 1995: 15-16.

"Perseverance in the Face of Tragedy." (Cover Story) Catholic Twin Circle
         Hamden, CT, 2 November 1997: 10-11.

"Pilgrimages: Reunion of the Human Family." (Cover Story) Catholic Twin Circle.
          Hamden, CT: October 19,1997: 10-11.

“Pro-life stronghold saving lives with love.”  The Catholic Spirit. 22 February 2001
          (front page).

"Promises.  Promises.  Promises." SOUL Magazine.  March/April 1996.

"Rapid Tansit." Pluma True Review.  Nashville, TN: Pluma True Publications, 1981:19.

“Registered Nurse Volunteers in Haiti with CMMB.”  The Catholic Spirit, Metuchen, NJ:
          7 MAY 1998: 16.

Rosary: Prayer and Study Guide.  Blue Army Press: Washington, NJ, 1996.

"Rosary Devotion in Fatima and Portugal." SOUL Magazine.  Sept./Oct. 1995: 6-7.

" Rosary is Back!" (Cover Story) SOUL Magazine.  Jan./Feb. 1998, 8-9.

"Rosary Program." Educational Poster containing seven lessons inserted into center
          of both Catechist Magazine and Today's Catholic Teacher Magazine,
          October 1997.

"Saint Catherine of Siena."  SOUL Magazine.  March/April 1996: 16.

Saint Mary Parish: 150 years and proud.” The Catholic Spirit. Metuchen, NJ.
          1 March 2001:  8-9.

"Saint Rose of Lima."  SOUL Magazine.  September/October, 1996: 18-19.

"Secret Hero of Fatima: Canon Manuel Nunes Formigao" SOUL Magazine.
          July/August 1994: 8-9.

"Sheep." River City Review.  Louisville:Spring 1983: 33.

Stalwart and humble: A pro-life Profile: Sister of Life Mother Agnes Mary Donovan.”
          The Catholic Spirit. Metuchen, NJ. 15 February 2001.

"Using Community College as a Stepping Stone." Catholic Twin Circle.
          Hamden,CT. 29 March 1998: 9.

"Vatican on Sex Education."  SOUL Magazine.  March/April 1996.

"Vision of Hell Under a Nun's Bed." Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT
          6 July 1997:13. (First Place Award: Best Title. From Catholic Press Association).

"What Mother Teresa Is Still Teaching Us." (Cover Story) Catholic Twin Circle
          Hamden, CT. 28 December 1998:4-5. 

"What's Your Favorite Poem?" Catholic Twin Circle.  Hamden, CT.  19 April 1998: 6.

"Why Four Opera Singers Find Catholicism Essential." Catholic Twin Circle.
          Hamden, CT. 27 July 1997: 10-11.

”Why Manners Matter…and how to teach them to kids.” National Catholic Register.
          North Haven, CT.  14 October 2001: back cover

"With Love as Gentle as these Breezes." The Celibate Woman's Journal.
           Washington, D.C. March 1983:31.

"Woman's Work Can Be Driving a Bus." The Daily News.  Springfield, Massachusetts.

Women Affirming Life.” Catholic Faith & Family.  Hamden, CT:
          23 April 2000: 12-13.

 




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