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 and young adults.

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.

Woodland Concert

by Mary Atkinson

I walked the woods
alone
this morning
It was so quiet
I could hear pine needles spin
from the trees
and fall to the ground
And a red-tailed hawk
open and close his wings
as he sailed through the sky
Two squirrels chased each other
through tangled branches
their scratchy, scampering footsteps
woodland percussion
in a symphony of silence