About me

I’m a Boston area writer. Newly edited versions of my novels, Leaving the Beach (winner of a 2016 IPPY and a semi-finalist for the 2017 Booklife Prize) and Living by Ear are now available from Evolved Publishing. And I’m excited to announce that a brand new novel called It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way, which was shortlisted in the 2017 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, was released in September, 2020. Please contact me with questions, comments, or whatever at: mary(at)pocomotech(dot)com. Thank you!

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4 Responses to About me

  1. amanda Reese says:

    I like this how to jeans skirt you wrote.. I wonder how hard it is to make a super fitted ankle length denim skirt from jeans.??? I like my long fitted skirts without vents or slits although you do have to take a lot of short steps. I am not sure how tight I can make the bottom hem and just be able to move around well enough to get to school or out with friends. do you add denim to the front and back or just one side ??? How many times should I sew up the denim on the machine to be sure I don’t tear out a seam by accident ??


    • Mary Rowen says:

      Hi Amanda, thanks for your comment. I love ankle length skirts too and have made a couple. The most important thing is that you will need fabric from a second pair of jeans–or some other kind of fabric–to fill the spaces in the front and back once you’ve done the basic construction. And you’re right–if you make a long skirt really fitted without a slit, you will have to take very small steps! As for how many times you’ll have to sew the seams, well, I’d sew them at least twice–if not three times–as they will be taking a good deal of stress as you walk. Please let me know if you want me to post a picture of one of my ankle length skirts. I’m happy to do that if it’l make it easier for you to visualize how to make one.


  2. Steve says:

    Hi Mary,

    I enjoyed reading your article about being a crew parent. However, I wanted to let you know that the term “crew team” is redundant as a crew is, essentially, a team. Writing “crew team” is akin to writing musical “group ensemble.” Instead, one ought to write “rowing team” or simply “crew”. sometimes the more archaic “rowing crew” is still seen (as in “My son is on the rowing crew at Yale.”). I hope this helps.

    Also, most vomiting that occurs due to exertion (such as after erg tests) is usually the result of poor nutritional planning. If a rower makes proper dietary decisions before a test (what he eats, how much he eats, and when he eats) then vomiting should almost never occur.

    I’m a long time rowing coach and I really did enjoy your article. The gist of it should be part of every clubs handbook.



    • Mary Rowen says:

      Thank you, Steve. I really appreciate your comments. I will change the wording in the article to “rowing team.” And thank you for your input about the vomiting. It doesn’t seem right that it happens so often on my kid’s team. BTW, I believe he’ll be taking a season off, but I’ll talk to his coach about diet, etc. when I have a chance.


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