Welcome to my site!

My name is Mary Atkinson and I live in Portland, Maine. I’m a former teacher and educational consultant who now works full time as a published poet and writer for children.

I have an MA Ed from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College, Montpelier, VT.

I hope you enjoy visiting my site and reading some poetry.

National Poetry Month

Free Skype Visits during April


I will share my award-winning poem “My Brother and I and the World”* and talk about poetry with your elementary classroom. Contact me through my contact page to set up a 20 minute Skype visit.

*SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Poetry



Holly’s stuck at the lake for summer vacation. Usually, she loves the lake. But not this year. This year, Mom and Dad aren’t staying. Her older brother Nick won’t play with her, and Gram never lets her do anything. When Holly hears the ancient and mysterious call of an owl, she’s certain he’s calling just to her.

Owl Girl is a novel for ages 6 to 10.


(In Paypal, click Add under Special Instructions to request a personalized book signing.)