Mary Gustafson | The New Engagement

Mary Gustafson

Mary Gustafson

Mary Gustafson

Mary Gustafson is a professional author, copywriter, and editor, who wrote My Wish, The Story of a Man Who Brought Happiness to America.  Her work has been recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she is currently working on Summer, a novel about a girl’s childhood in the 1960s.

Mary describes herself as an author with a long childhood and many life experiences that have morphed into transformative fodder as a result of therapy, practice, and time.

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Work by This Artist

Hollow Threats art
By Mary Gustafson

The nightmares forbid forgetting.

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Contests & Prizes

Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.

The James Baldwin Literature Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of The James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to Hafsa Musa. Read more.

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