Mary Woodbury’s editorial background encompasses over two decades of proofreading, poetry and fiction editing, fiction writing, copy editing, development editing, managerial editing, production editing, and website building and editing.
College: Purdue University
BA, English; BA, Anthropology
Currently enrolled in Video Journalism
Mary Woodbury maintains the online library for climate change and other nature literature at Eco-Fiction as well as leading its discussion group. She also works as a program and degree accreditation assistant at a local college.
Mary was Director of Operations for Fraser Riverkeeper in Vancouver, British Columbia until early 2012. Fraser Riverkeeper is a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, one of the world’s fastest growing grassroots water stewardship movements, under the guidance of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. The alliance is comprised of scientists, lawyers, and water enthusiasts who act as river, lake, bay, and ocean stewards in their local communities. In her position, Mary oversaw publications and media outreach, developed and wrote content for the website and grant proposals, coordinated volunteers, organized events, managed the office and books, maintained the member database, and participated in beach restorations, boat tours, and community events.
Editor of Jack Magazine, an online literary e-journal that encompassed literary and ecological works emanating from post-WW2 poets, artists, and writers, to the present. The magazine gave special attention to environmental writings and art, including Forest Beatniks and Urban Thoreaus, Jack Clollum’s nature writings, Coral Hull’s eco-prose, Kevin Opstedal’s “Rare Surf,” Michael McClure’s Hummingbird Sutras, and many other expositions. Jack Magazine’s last run was the 2010 summer issue, but the publication will remain online at its domain and is permanently archived via Stanford University’s LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) program. Mary co-founded the magazine with Michael Rothenberg of Big Bridge in 2000, and acted as chief editor and acquisitions editor for 10 years before closing the magazine and opening Moon Willow Press.
Documentation specialist for Core, Inc., in Irvine, California. Mary created a company-wide intranet with coding, reporting, and user documentation. She managed project codes and status documents, designed and published online help files for clients, and wrote publication quality standards. She managed the large documents library.
Editor at what was then Prentice-Hall (and later Macmillan) Publishing in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mary was part of the Sam’s imprint, and worked her way up through production editing and senior editing to managerial editing. She managed a staff of five editors and mentored a team of thirty. Mary developed editorial strategy by defining standards, tone, and scope for the editorial department and supervised the production of about fifteen books per year, from author acquisitions to print and proofing of pages. This included editorial, author review, design content, graphics, and layout processes.
Blue Dot Campaign: Mary was a volunteer with The Blue Dot Campaign, a David Suzuki Foundation grassroots campaign that promotes a healthy environment as a right to all Canadians. She sat in on the Tricities Blue Dot meetings and was present when the town of Port Moody accepted the resolution to recognize rights to a healthy environment. Mary was inspired by the Blue Dot Tour live in Vancouver, featuring Neil Young and Margaret Atwood.
Port Moody Ecological Society: Mary helped to take creek samples and run chemical analyses on water samples at Noon’s Creek Hatchery; she also has volunteered for events with the organization, including the Fingerling Festival, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, and tree-planting.
100,000 Poets for Change: Mary has coordinated five annual events for Vancouver, BC since 2010.
Mary currently volunteers for the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation in Coquitlam, BC.
Emergency Management: Mary is active in British Columbia’s First Responder/Emergency Management team.
Mary was webmaster at Michael Rothenberg’s Big Bridge in the early 2000s. She has done the webwork and design for a few Big Bridge projects, including working with Ira Cohen on a gallery of his accomplishments and working with Michael on the 2011 100,000 Poets for Change blog and map.
Mary ran a literary site about the Beat Generation beginning in 1997. The site is resurrected here. During her time at the site, she developed online photo galleries for photographers Larry Keenan and Gordon Ball.
Mary, a high school runner, took up running again in late 2014 after getting an ablation to fix a nearly life-long disorder called supraventricular tachycardia. This cure prompted Mary to get back into running. You can read her running blog here. She loves the outdoors and likes trail running, hiking, and camping. She also enjoys writing, reading, gardening, and photography. A fan of water, she has surfed in the past (but not for years) and enjoys swimming and boogie-boarding.