Mary Stewart Hammond


Mary Stewart Hammond was born in Richmond, Virginia, and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, and, later, Baltimore. She attended Bryn Mawr College, graduating in 1958, and Goucher College, where she earned a degree in 1968.   

Hammond is the author of the poetry collections Entering History (W. W. Norton, 2016) and Out of Canaan (W. W. Norton, 1993). She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.

Before becoming a poet, Hammond worked as a model, a sports journalist for the Baltimore Sun, and a writer and producer for television and radio. Hammond taught master classes in poetry in New York City for twenty-five years.

Hammond died of lung cancer on December 1, 2022. She was eighty-two.