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124 Atlantic Avenue, Apt A1D, Brooklyn, NY 11201

T: 816-820-8122      E: MaryDamaMann@gmail.com

www.mary-mann.com

Writing & Research Projects

Author, Yawn: Adventures in Boredom                                       1/2015 – 5/2017

  • Explored the concept of boredom through historical and literary research and a series of interviews with experts and laypeople; personal experience served as the narrative spine
  • Discussed boredom as featured guest on Marketplace, NPR Seattle’s On The Record, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, and BYU Radio’s Matt Townsend Show, among others
  • Excerpt from New York Times review of Yawn: “All I want is a distinct sense of — and an interest in — the person I’m listening to. And then I want to be slapped across the face with a haddock. Ms. Mann has both these qualities in spades. By trade a researcher (‘like being a private detective, without the danger and the sex’), the delightful Ms. Mann comes off as a funny, very hip nerd.”
  • Yawn was published by FSG Originals in May of 2017; an audiobook was recorded and released concurrently by Audible

 

Researcher, Stacy Schiff’s The Witches: Salem, 1692               3/2013 – 5/2015                                                  

  • Worked closely with the Pulitzer-winning author of Cleopatra and Vera to track down sources and information for her book about 16th century witch trials, utilizing archives, academic databases and library collections in the United States and England
  • Continuously fact-checked and summarized research materials for easy reading, and read and confirmed all footnotes and citations in the finished manuscript
  • The Witches: Salem, 1692 was published by Little, Brown & Co in November 2015

 

Associate Editor, Women in Clothes                                            5/2013 - 8/2014

  • Collaborated with award-winning team of authors—Sheila Heti, Heidi Juavits, and Leanne Shapton—on brainstorming the content and shaping the structure for this New York Times bestselling collection of interviews, essays, survey responses, and images
  • Communicated with over six hundred contributors (including several hundred survey respondents), and created an organizational system for their contributions
  • Conducted interviews and wrote multiple pieces that appear in the book, including interviews with a former Kansas rancher and with Rookie writer Amy Rose Spiegel
  • Read and answered questions at speaking engagements after publication
  • Women in Clothes was published by Blue Rider Press in September 2014

Professional Experience

Writing Associate & Journal Advisor, The Cooper Union                       1/2016 - Present

  • Meet one-on-one with ongoing students each week to aide in the development, editing and comprehension of various types of communication: includes reading literary texts, studying and writing research papers, crafting artist statements and talking through art projects
  • Advisor for new grant-funded student-run journal, Union; responsible for hiring student editors and meeting with them regularly to establish what Union will be and how to run it - from finding the right printer and submissions service to drafting the call for submissions to beginning a wiki for future editors

 

Freelance Researcher                                                                            3/2013 - Present

Work with a variety of clients, primarily writers and artists, to assist in searching for project materials—from images to historical records to input from experts—and summarizing materials for easy digestion, as well as setting up organizational systems for said materials

 

Staff Writer, Micato Safaris                                                                   4/2011 - 8/2012

Part of a two-man team responsible for crafting this travel company’s brochure, building sections of the company website, and maintaining the company blog; traveled to Kenya in 2011 to interview beneficiaries of Micato Safaris educational nonprofit, AmericaShare


Freelance Writing Samples

Outside Magazine researched essay, How to Turn Boredom into a Performance Enhancer

Slate researched essay, Pay Attention!

The New York Times researched personal essay, The Secret Life of a Poll Worker

Los Angeles Review of Books critical essay, John Cage’s Endless Project

The Believer critical essay, (Untitled): A Return to Ray Johnson (cover story)

Smithsonian interview and show review, A Look Into the Innovative Mind of One of the World's Most Inventive Architects

Matter researched essay, Everybody Smiley Poops  (recommended by Longreads)

Salon personal essay, Yoga, Spinning and a Murder: Strange Months at Lululemon (recommended by Reddit, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and Autostraddle, among others)

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Honors & Activities

Writing Jury, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT                                                         2017

Fellowship, Rona Jaffe Foundation, New York, NY                                                          2017 Ÿ    

  • Funded residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Crisis Counselor, Crisis Text Line, crisistextline.org                                          2016 - Present

Residency, CATWALK Institute, Catskill, NY                                                                   2015

Tutor for K-12 Students, 826NYC, Brooklyn, NY                                                    2012 - 2017

Fellowship, Columbia School of the Arts Writing Program, New York, NY               2012 - 2014


Education

Pratt Institute - Masters in Library & Information Science                                 2018 - Present

Columbia University - MFA: Creative Nonfiction                                                   2012 – 2015

University of Vermont, University of Missouri - BA: Political Science                    2003 – 2007