JULIA  MALLORY

  writer. teaching artist. energy worker.

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"An easier assignment is not coming.

Do your work."

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BIO

Julia Mallory is a writer, teaching artist, and cultural worker. She is a six-time author, including two children’s books. Her latest book Survivor's Guilt, is an archive of survivorship that chronicles generational grief through photographs, poetry, and prose. In addition, she is the founder of the creative literary arts brand, Black Mermaids, serves as the Senior Poetry Editor for Raising Mothers, and hosts the Stop Shrinking Socialcast. The Stop Shrinking Socialcast was inspired by the HBO series, Lovecraft Country (Season 1, Episode 7). Julia has professional experience in health care outreach—including serving as the Executive Director for a mental health awareness organization—parent engagement, marketing, advertising, public relations, and product development and design. 
 
As a sought out speaker, panelist, and facilitator her work has been featured in various community settings, classrooms, colleges, and conferences. In 2020, she developed and facilitated nearly 40 workshops. Her poetry, fiction, and photographs can be found in Barrelhouse, Second Skin Magazine, BLK Voices Magazine, the Black Speculative Arts Movement exhibition "Curating the End of the World: RED SPRING”, and elsewhere. 
 
She has a Bachelor of Science from Elizabethtown College and completed her graduate studies at Eastern University. She is the mother of three children and lives in Southcentral Pennsylvania.

 "Oftentimes, a guest speaker lands well with the students or with faculty and staff; I feel that Julia landed well. Period. It was a positive experience and a productive and interesting one, too. Three of my students attended, along with me; it was communal and sacred, neither stuffy nor heady. And we all learned something and got to write alongside each other." — TN

 

MEDIA

Sample list

“How We Survived a Year of Grief”

The Crisis Magazine

“Black Women Get Real About Grief”

ESSENCE 

“The Madness & the Magic..."

TheBurg 

 

“What’s it take to get through grief?..."

Pennsylvania Capital - Star

“Local authors bring diversity to children’s books”

ABC 27

Grief Out Loud Podcast

Episode 178

 

Sun Seed Community Podcast 

S2E8 “Between Harm and Resilience”

 

December 26er Podcast

Episode 135

 

AIJCast

Season 15 Episode 1 + 2

 

Sanity Sessions for Sisters

Episode 2.8

Stop Shrinking Socialcast

YouTube

 

WRITING

Sample list

Suvivor’s Guilt  is a modern classic...”

  — China Martens, editor of Revolutionary Mothering:  

Love on the Front Lines  

Black Mermaids (2016) 

Kareemah and the Black Mermaids (2017)

 

Black Mermaids: Anniversary Edition (2017)  [BUY]

 

Black Mermaids: Gratitude Edition (2018)  [DOWNLOAD]

 

BREATHE (2018)  [BUY]

 

Survivor’s Guilt (2019)

 

Survivor’s Guilt (2021 - 2nd Edition)  [BUY]

"Chasing Waterfalls" (Essay) & "Edges" (Poetry)  [READ]

"PERISHABLE"  (Fiction)  [READ]

"The Concise Catalog of Deep Grief Objects"  

(Flash Fiction)  [READ]

"A Way Forward"  (Essay)  [READ]

 

WORKSHOPS

Sample list

     "Julia's workshops are the truth." RJ  

“Whose Imagination Created You?”

“Can We Talk About Grief?”

“Capes Into Pillows”

“The Naming of Dreams"

“Writing Grief”

“Sib, Stop Shrinking”

“The Black Woman’s Guide to Grief”

“Name Yourself Possible: Personal Power + Poetry”

“It’s the Poetry for Me”

“One Mo’ ‘Gain: The Magic of Revision”

A sample list of past clients and collaborators include:

  

Camp Curtin YMCA

 

Charm: Voices of Baltimore Youth

Harrisburg Area Community College

The Sable Collective

Hospice of Central PA

Envision Series by Dr. Kari

National Coalition of 100 Concerned Black Women

Crozer Chester Medical Center

Bunker Hill Community College

The Threshold Community

UPMC Pinnacle

Messiah College

Sankofa African American Theater

Stephens College

Young Professionals of Color - Greater Harrisburg Chapter

 

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