I write poetry and creative non fiction, am an Assistant Editor for TLR: The Literary Review, an editorial reader for Serving House Books, and have a private massage therapy practice in Portland, Oregon.
I attended the Florida School of Massage in 1999 and began my study of the human form when I was 19. Though I initially went to massage school because I was interested in using the techniques with horses, the body became a crucial space of study, exploration, and realization for me.
In 2005, I moved to Portland, enrolled at Marylhurst University, and earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008. I designed my interdisciplinary degree around studies in literature, cultural studies, and communication studies. I continue to be fascinated by that space between body and mind, action and thought, how we imagine and understand ourselves in relation to how others view us, how we become trapped by perceptions.
I discovered writing while a student as Marylhurst and became enamored with the process of writing as a form of expression and a way to self-understanding. I wrote in order to figure out what I was thinking and to believe in the possibility of being understood. As I become more familiar with the sound and shape of my own voice, writing became not just about articulation and expression, but also about style, shape, form, and the elegance of language.
I am currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis on poetry, and I teach writing workshops centered around the body, writing, and the connections in between.
Mary Kibbe, LLC
Mary Kibbe, LLC is a business that includes my massage therapy practice, my writing workshops, and my freelance editing services.
Fairleigh Dickinson University, MFA in Creative Writing (2013-present)
Marylhurst University, BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (2008)
Florida School of Massage, Massage Therapy, Hydrotherapy, and Advanced Sports Massage (1999)
Photo by Dan Stockman