Mary Bowen: Quick & Qwerty, A Writer’s Bio

I am a writer, artist, cinephile and web code dabbler whose left and right brains have made friends. From journalism to social media to business correspondence, I dextrously use words to craft a voice, evoke emotion, convey the critical message and draw in the reader.

I received an MFA in Film Studies from Boston University in 2005 for my thesis on the interplay of aesthetics and political  commentary in the work of Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda. Over the years I have written extensively about movies: covering events, reviewing documentaries, and penning in-depth critiques.

In addition to such high-falutin’ manuscription, for four years I was the loveable wiseacre behind the blog Shoestring Sally, where I waxed prose-etic on everything from finance to skincare.

And how about grammar? I’m your numero-uno taskmaster and firmly believe everything I tweet, email, blog, or pen for a publication should be given more than the cursory glance. It’s/Its infractions peeve me to no end and (if you haven’t already guessed) I did some time as an English comp teacher & writing tutor. In short, I respect words and I know how to use them to CONNECT with readers, to COMMUNICATE ideas, and to CELEBRATE feelings and experiences.

But enough of me talking about me –here’s someone else talking about me:

Testimonial

“Mary Bowen is one of those rare cases that represent the best of both worlds: a smart, organized, highly efficient pro with wizard-like computer skills and great personality who also happens to be a really talented writer. I’ve cherished her fiction, and I have called on her many times for non-fiction pieces. I’ve commissioned many reviews from her for a page of documentary criticism I edit for Cineaste–a magazine that is highly selective when it comes to picking its authors. In my view, Mary’s writing makes her an heir to New Journalism. She is a poet of facts, and her work is mesmerizing. Too many riches!”

Roy Grundmann
Contributing Editor, Cineaste Magazine

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