Merigold, MS by Mary Whiteside and Alan Whiteside

Art Credit - Alan Whiteside

Art Credit – Alan Whiteside

Mary grew up in the Ohio foothills of the Appalachians but now calls the Texas prairie home. Never without a notebook in her backpack, she enjoys writing about rural areas, especially in the southern and western United States. Starting points for her fiction are often historical locations she and her husband, Alan, visit. Short fiction and haibun, often with an element of history, captivate her imagination.

A page from one of her journals was included in Keeping Time: 150 Years of Journal Writing. Her writing has appeared in Lifting the Sky: Southwest Haiga and Haiku, Contemporary Haibun Online, Haibun Today, 200 New Mexico Poems, Forces Literary Journal, and Star 82 Review.

Mary is currently working on a “box of stuff” based on the life of Lucy Audubon, John James Audubon’s wife. A rare bird, Lucy Audubon helped John Audubon define his dream of publishing Birds of America and supported herself and their two sons while John spent years hunting and drawing. Lucy’s “stuff” will tell her story through diaries, notes, letters, poems, and found objects.


Drawn to the interplay of content and design elements such as color, line, shape, and texture, Alan Whiteside often focuses on what could be called “ordinary” subjects. “Treasures of visual engagement,” not often noticed by the casual observer, are what he seeks to bring to the notice of viewers. (His mother has never understood why he photographs what he does.)

Alan won the Grand Prize in the State Historical Society of North Dakota 2012 Photo Contest. One of his photos is the cover art for a book of short stories: Shadows of Men (Queen’s Ferry Press), and another image was selected for the juried exhibition, Windows and Mirrors, at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. His images have been published in Forces Literary Journal, Off the Coast, Star 82 Review, Frisco Style Magazine, and Floorboard Review.

Alan has participated in several photographic exhibits, the most recent of which was with four other photographers on the theme “Vanishing Dallas” (Dallas, Texas). Five of Alan’s photos of Dallas’ Fair Park were purchased by the Dallas Omni Convention Center Hotel for conference rooms, and several other Dallas-related photos are on permanent display in the Dallas mayor’s office. Some of Alan’s photographs may be viewed on ZenFolio.

Mary and Alan Whiteside.

Mary and Alan Whiteside.

2 thoughts on “Merigold, MS by Mary Whiteside and Alan Whiteside

  1. I do like this poem – also liked that they used your words in black so I could read them well. most interesting


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