I am a writer, artist, and web content creator whose left and right brains have made friends. I dexterously use words to craft a voice, evoke emotion, and convey the critical message. I also love working with graphic design, front-end computer code, and never shy away from learning new software applications.
My second intellectual home is film studies and I received an MFA 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.
“What about grammar?” you ask. I zealously scrutinize everything I pen before hitting post, publish, or send. 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. I am ardently pro-Oxford Comma, but I am flexible enough to omit it should your style guide dictate otherwise.
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:
“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!”
Contributing Editor, Cineaste Magazine