Mary Lou Hamilton Bagley is an experienced educator (former high school teacher of English, Writing Process & Theater Arts and UNH, DCE instructor in Guided Imagery/Self-Hypnosis/Relaxation Techniques), an alumna of Molasses Pond Writer’s Conference/Retreats and The Twin Farms Writers Workshops, a seasoned storyteller, and a lifelong writer. Mary Lou is a member of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.
Along the way, Mary Lou has published numerous feature articles and worked with private clientele (d.b.a. A Way With Words) specializing in personalized poetry, including illustrated “pet poems.”
Especially attracted to projects which combine her many talents, in 2001 she wrote and performed Collage: zany bits and some serious stuff. A mix of “original songs ‘n stories ‘n such,” this show introduced theatre audiences to her emerging body of artwork.
This show touched hearts, souls, and funny bones while exploring virgin territory, growing up alto, recycling, love, losses, and lifelines. Add to those a little jazz, a lot of color, a belly dance and some naked leaps off cliffs and you begin to get the idea that is Collage: zany bits and some serious stuff.
In Out of the Dark: a collection of short stories, she takes to the microphone and reads four of her original stories in audio book form.
Presently in print, her short story, “Turnabout” appears in Twin Farms Anthology; and,“Knowing When” was chosen for publication in Summer Stories, a collection of stories by ten Maine writers written in response to a series of paintings (ekphrasis) by Maine artist, Leslie Anderson.
Her poems, “Amethyst Hour At the Starlight on West 47th” and “Every Evening,” were featured in Ekphrasis shows at the Kittery Art Association in 2013 & 2014. “Beloved,” a product of her participation in a “creation circle” as part of the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Project, was included in the culminating event in November, 2014. And, “Song For My Mother” earned her an invitation to participate in Jerome Meadows’ BLANK PAGE POETRY Words & Shadows: Truths That Arise Remembered project — a performance honoring the African Burying Ground in Portsmouth, NH
Mary Lou is presently at work on her novel, Other Wise, and a series of children’s stories which appear in the Journal Tribune in stand-alone or serialized form bi-weekly.
In addition, she offers inspiration and gentle nudgings to other writers and creatives with her blog, Time To Write.
Mary Lou is available for workshops, performances, commissioned works, readings and speaking engagements at libraries, group gatherings, retreats, etc. Please email her for more information.