Mary Moore Easter
Mary Moore Easter, a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and Cave Canem Fellow, is published in Poetry, The New York Times, Seattle Review, Calyx, Pluck!, Persimmon Tree, Fjords, The Little Patuxent Review and elsewhere, including the 2015 anthology Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota. Her pantoum “When I Leave This Place” appears in The Killens Review; “Did One-ness Reign In Spite of Chains?,” an encounter with Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, appears in Water~Stone.
She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence and an MA from Goddard.
Born in Petersburg, Virginia, to parents on the faculty of then-segregated Virginia State College (University), she was as immersed in their artistic and intellectual interests as she was in the limitations segregation imposed on her black world.
Transplanted from Virginia, Easter re-rooted as faculty at Minnesota’s Carleton College where she was founder and director of the Dance Program. Now emerita professor of dance, veteran dancer/choreographer, her chapbook is Walking From Origins. A member of Penchant, aka the Northfield Women Poets, she is represented in their four anthologies: Absorb the Colours, A Rich Salt Place, Tremors, Vibrations Enough to Shake the World, and Penchant (Heywood Press). Honors include The Loft Creative Non-Fiction Award; Ragdale and Anderson Center residencies; Bush Artist Fellowship in Choreography; a Minnesota Dance Alliance McKnight Fellowship in Choreography; and from Intermedia Arts, a Diverse Visions Video award and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Artists.
In 2015 she completed two years as State Co-Mentor for the Givens Black Writers Program.
Mother of two daughters, grandmother of four, Easter continues the miracle of a long performing career in Shapiro and Smith Dance Company’s Tableau Vivant, Supergroup’s People I Know, and Paula Mann’s Invisible.