Mary Clark


Mary Clark spent her formative years in Florida where she was infused with awe and respect for the natural world. She was also aware of the lives of migrant workers, segregation, and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. She graduated from Rutgers-Newark College of Arts and Sciences. In 1975, she moved to New York City and worked in the arts programs of St. Clement's Church in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. For many years she worked for community organizations and founded a community newspaper.

She is the author of Tally: An Intuitive Life (All Things That Matter Press); Community: Journal of Power Politics and Democracy in Hell's Kitchen; Into The Fire: A Poet's Journey through Hell's Kitchen; the poetry novel, Children of Light (Ten Penny Players' BardPress), and Covenant: Growing Up in Florida's Lost Paradise. In her latest novel, Passages, a young aspiring writer explores sex, gender, fame, poverty, and love in 1970s New York City.

Where to find Mary Clark online


Into the Fire: A Poet's Journey through Hell's Kitchen
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 112,150. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2023 . Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Into The Fire: A Poet’s Journey takes place in the rough-and-tumble Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side. By 1980, both the arts scene and New York neighborhoods are on the verge of change. The author’s life in the arts weaves in and out of the neighborhood’s narratives. She must make a choice between two possible lives.
The Horizon Seekers
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,200. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » Later in Life
A woman who lives both in the future as well as the present, Leila Payson strives to realize her visions. She hopes that when her students fly, they’ll see where imagination and courage can take them. She's suffered loss but has the support of a diverse group of friends. And an attractive man with a book keeps appearing at her favorite places. The journey begins, and the horizon always beckons.
Community: Journal of Power Politics and Democracy in Hell's Kitchen
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 150,000. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2021 . Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Activism, Nonfiction » History » American
From the volatile streets to the halls of power, experience the triumphs and defeats of the Hell’s Kitchen community as it fights “development fever,” homelessness, and illegal drugs. A journey through 1980's and '90's New York City politics, where some of the most powerful current leaders had their start, this fast-paced and brutally honest memoir exposes the inner workings of a great city.
Racing The Sun
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,110. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Later in Life, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Leila Payson's adventures in the present and the future continue as she deals with a new man in her life, her eclectic crew of friends, and a possible career change. There's accidents, wheelchair races, and love tours. Lives are impacted by DNA matches, surrogate mothers, and cults, as well as love and friendship. For Leila and her friends, the horizon beckons. Volume 2 of The Horizon Seekers.