Mary Di Lucia is an educator dedicated to social justice and equity. She is the author of “Accompaniments,” a collection of stories inspired by black and white photographs of the destitute of St. Petersburg after the collapse of Communism (Red Hook Editions, 2017). Her stories, poems, and collaborations with visual artists have been published widely, in The Brooklyn Rail, The Moth, the New Ohio Review, Barrow Street, Paris Lit Up, the Florida Review, and the Opiate; she was also the New York correspondent for TimesUp, an art journal published by Ivory Press in Madrid. She was a New York Times Foundation Fellow at New York University, where she also taught young students through the Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She was an Eliot Dissertation Fellow, and an I.H. Levin Fellow at Harvard University where she earned a doctorate in Comparative Literature. She had a Fulbright Fellowship to Switzerland, studying in Lausanne and travelling to the Soviet Union in 1991, as well as a Lemmermann Fellowship, studying in Rome in 1999, as well as being a visiting fellow with the American Academy in Rome, and in residence at the Abbazia di San Vincenzo al Volturno. Mary has taught Special Education in the South Bronx and East Harlem; she has taught in the Augustinian Studies Department of Core Humanitis at Villanova University and at both Bard High School Early College and in the Learning and Thinking Prgram at Bard College, as well as in the Liberal Studies Program and the Expository Writing Program of New York University; she taught teachers in the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture’s Summer Teacher Institute, as well as teaching Persian medieval poetry in the Summer Classics Program at St. John’s College, in Santa Fe. During her years of training as a psychoanalyst, she was affiliated with the Anni Bergman Infant Observation Program, through the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and the Freud Society in New York. Her early experiences include teaching in the experimental experiential education program at Deep Springs College in California, as well as volunteering for one year at Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, Georgia. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of Pennsylvania, working in Special Collections on the Lewis Mumford Collection while pursuing her degree. Before becoming a New York City Teaching Fellow, she worked with the incarcerated at Fishkill Correctional Institute, through the Bard Prison Initiative, in their First Year Humanities Seminar.