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School of Consciousness and Transformation
Phd, University of Michigan
BA, Harvard University
Mary Mackey, Ph.D. (Comparative Literature, University of Michigan; B.A. English, Harvard) is Professor Emeritus of English and former Writer-in-Residence at California State University, Sacramento where she helped found both the CSUS Women's Studies Program and the CSUS English Department Graduate Creative Writing Program. She is the author of fourteen novels, four of which tell the stories of priestesses of the Goddess-worshiping cultures of Old Europe and pre-historic Sumer (The Year The Horses Came, The Horses at the Gate, The Fires of Spring, and The Last Warrior Queen). Her novels about Old Europe are based on the research of the late archaeologist Dr. Marija Gimbutas. Her novel about ancient Sumer (The Last Warrior Queen), is based on a non-patriarchal interpretation of the Sumerian legend of the Goddess Inanna's Descent into the Underworld and takes readers into the Fertile Crescent Goddess-worshiping-cultures described by the late Merlin Stone in When God Was a Woman.
Mary is also the author of seven collections of visionary, mystical poetry including Sugar Zone which won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award For Excellence in Literature. Her poetry often contains references to the priestesses and sacred rituals of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé.
Frequently a Guest Speaker in Women's Spirituality classes at CIIS, Mary has also co-taught courses on Women's Visionary Poetry, Women's Visionary Film, and Women's Visionary Fiction with Professor Mara Keller, past Director of the Women's Spirituality MA and Ph.D. Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. At present Mary is working on a new novel entitled The Village of Bones, a prequel to her trilogy of novels about the Goddess-worshiping cultures of Old Europe.
In 2004, she received a Foremother of the Women's Spirituality Movement Award, from the California Institute of Integral Studies Women's Spirituality Program. This Award, which Mary treasures, was a statue of an ancient Bird Goddess.
Professor Mackey's Facebook page entitled "The Civilization of the Goddess." This page is about the Goddess Civilizations of Prehistoric Europe inspired by the research of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas (who also inspired 5 of Professor Mackey's novels).
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