Mary Jane Ryals has lived near the northern Gulf coast of Florida most of her life. She teaches writing at Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University. She has also worked as a waitress and bartender, office manager, pharmacy tech, features writer/editor, typesetter, yoga teacher – and a mother.
She is Poet Laureate of the Big Bend of Florida, and she won a Florida Book Award for her
novel Cookie & Me.