Maryann Lesert is a playwright, novelist, and English professor who writes about people and place in equal measure. Her first novel, Base Ten (Feminist Press, 2009) featured an astrophysicist’s quest for self among the dunes and the stars. Her current novel, Land Marks, is based on two years of boots-on-wellsites research on fracking in Michigan’s state forests. Her plays appear in The Art of the One Act (New Issues, 2008) and Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2007 (Smith & Kraus, 2008). Her articles have appeared in EcoWatch and In These Times, and she is a regular presenter on art and activism. Maryann lives in West Michigan, where she teaches creative writing and writes by the big lake.

Other Works

Awards and Recognition

  • Writer in Residence: Storyknife (2022)
  • Moondancer Environmental Writing Fellowship, The Writer's Colony (2018)
  • Finalist (Threshold), Prism Prize for Climate Literature, Homebound Publications (2020)
  • Finalist (Natural Causes), Princess Grace Foundation National Playwright's Fellowship (2001)