Mary Ann Sternberg: M A S INK

Freelance writer and author

Selected Works

Juvenile fiction
A new children's book set in the Louisiana wetlands about a little boy and his near-sighted retriever
Evergreen Plantation on the Mississippi River in Louisiana is an intact plantation, including its 22 original slave cabins, sugar fields and a new interpretative center that tells the stories of everyone who lived here. Preservation Magazine cover story. magazine/2013/summer/sustaining-evergreen.html#.UzXzFGdOW70
The River Road along the Mississippi is the product of more than three hundred years of documented history and culture. But it takes help to explore and appreciate it.
What others have said: "Readers should probably consider purchasing two for the library, the other for the automobile glovebox...(it's) bound to inspire several rambles and one would be well advised to take it along as a fellow traveler." Thomas Uskali, review in Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Winter 2013. "(Mary Ann Sternberg) finds new information along this old, romantic road." Rheta Grimsley Johnson (Poor Man's Provence) "I picture visitors to (my) house seeing it on the bedside table, reading a story or two and the following day asking for a road map." Oliver A Houck (Down on the Batture)
Nutria are helping devastate the marsh; bounties on their tails help control their population. But what can be done with the rest of the animal? A small Louisiana company takes a stab at it.


Writing has been a passion for over forty years. I love to find details of a story, make it new, shape it and then introduce it to others --readers, I hope-- so that they'll be as captivated as I am. My interests are broad and include Louisiana history and culture, natural history, foodways, and travel. My genres include narrative nonfiction (aka feature writing), essays, books, and public relations-related work.
My bylines in magazines and newspapers and my books are featured on this website with related writing activities outlined in the CV portion. I've enjoyed a diversity of experiences sharing language with others: a semester teaching feature writing at LSU; a week, on two separate occasions, teaching feature writing in a young journalist's program in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia: teaching conversational English to teenagers in rural Poland; as the keynote speaker at the LSU Writing Across the Curriculum conference; as a panelist for a LSU Library program celebrating Archives Month.
And I've even helped three friends craft obituaries they placed in the newspaper on behalf of family members...a rewarding, if challenging, use of my language skills...

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