Newsmaker: Mary Mallon Nyman ’57 talks about life as artist and writer

Mary Mallon Nyman 1957Mary Mallon Nyman was featured in the March newsletter of the Cradle Foundation, a Chicago-based adoption agency. The writer and artist was adopted there at age six weeks. In the newsletter, she talked about visiting the foundation for the first time since she was a baby, her family life growing up (which included studying abroad during her freshman year of high school) and going to Wheaton. “I was very happy [at Wheaton],” said Nyman, who earned a bachelor’s in English. Acrylic painting by Mary Mallon Nyman ’57“I was co-editor of the literary magazine and took every art class offered.” While in graduate school at Boston University, Nyman landed an assistantship in the Department of English, studying with Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate of the United States Robert Lowell. After completing her master’s degree in English literature, she taught English for more than two decades at the high school and college level. She has published a volume of poetry, a novel (When the Leaves Fall), a textbook, short stories, as well as essays in a variety of literary magazines. Since retiring in 1994, she has pursued what she most enjoys—painting her favorite areas of Maine, Cape Cod, Tuscany and Provence, the newsletter pointed out. She also makes handcrafted jewelry and has continued to take art classes. “I live in a beautiful spot in Wareham, Massachusetts,” she said, “eighty feet above Buzzards Bay with woods behind me. It’s the perfect place for an artist.”

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