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Mary E. Lyons is a former reading specialist and school librarian with twenty-three years of experience at all grade levels. She began sharing the lost stories of women and African Americans with young people in 1980. Now a full-time writer, her books are a way to continue what she began as a teacher. Her latest interests are Irish-American history and ancient history.
Lyons won the National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher-Scholar Award in 1991. She has taught creative writing at Sweet Briar College and the University of Virginia. She was a Fellow-in-Residence at the Virginia Center for the Humanities and Public Policy in 1991, 1993 and 1999. Currently she is a residential fellow at the Center.
Lyons lives with her husband in Charlottesville, Virginia. When she is not researching or writing books, she plays banjo and penny whistle for the Chicken Heads, a traditional music group. Their motto is "We Play for Chicken Feed."
For more information see:
Autobiography and critical review in Something About the Author, Volume 195. Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning, 2009, pp.104-123.
Twentieth-Century Children's Writers. Fourth edition. Laura Standley, ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 1995
Seventh Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators. NY: H.W. Wilson, 1995.
Something About the Author. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997.
Learning About Mary E. Lyons, from the Children's Literature site at Rutgers University
Send email to Mary E. Lyons