Mary Kay Blakely
Blakely is the author of three critically acclaimed memoirs: WAKE ME WHEN IT’S OVER-A JOURNEY TO THE EDGE AND BACK (Times Books/Random house, 1989; Ballantine, 1990), AMERICAN MOM-ON MOTHERHOOD, POLITICS AND HUMBLE PIE (Algonquin Books, 1994; pocket Books, 1995), and RED, WHITE AND OH SO BLUE-MEMOIR OF A POLITICAL DEPRESSION (Scribner’s/Lisa Drew Books, 1996). Since 1981, she has been a “Hers” columnist for The New York Times, a monthly columnist for Vogue (“Women Now”), and alternated monthly with authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Alice Walker in “Personal Words” column for Ms. Her essays also appeared regularly in the Washington Post, New York Times Book Review, Life, Psychology Today, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Self, Family Circle, Working Woman, Woman’s Day, Mirabelle, Lear’s, Mother Jones, Utne Reader and other publications. Her essays are collected in 24 anthologies and textbooks; reprints and translations have been published in literary journals and national magazines in Australia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany and Japan.
A writing teacher at The New School since 1981, Blakely joined the faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism in 1997, where she teaches Advanced Writing seminars for undergraduate and graduate students. In 1999, she launched a summer New York Program in partnership with The New School, featuring public lectures and televised programs on media controversies as well as writing classes, internships and an alumni mentor program. Her awards include the EMMA (Exceptional Merit Media Award) and Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Quotations from her work have been published in Dear Abby, on Celestial Seasonings Tea packages and – most remarkable to her students – AMERICAN MOM appeared as a nightstand prop in a Pottery Barn catalogue.
A frequent guest on national television shows, Blakely has addressed social and political issues on the Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King Live, CBS This Morning, America’s Talking, CNN, Charlie Rose, Lifetime, C-SPAN, Good Morning America, Pacifica Network News, NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Fresh Air with Terri Gross” among other programs, and she did a monologue once about her coma experiences on “Live With Joan Rivers”.