Sweet Connections: Mary Julia Klimenko

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Mary Julia Klimenko
Title of Piece Published in Sweet: “This Fear”
Issue:  8.2


Find her:


Mary Julia can be found writing poetry, painting, and working as a Telehealth psychotherapist in a private practice two twelve-hour days a week. You can learn more about Mary Julia by visiting her website.

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

FMSBW Press in San Francisco just released my newest book of poetry, Suspension of Mirrors.

Joan Brown, me in uniform and me in wedding

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I’m currently writing a memoir about forty plus years in the studio modeling for and collaborating with sculptor, Manuel Neri.

Who is your favorite author?

Dom Domanski.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rilke

 What inspires you to write?

Reading other writers like Dom Domanski, Louise Gluck, Mark Strand, Rilke, Neruda, and others.

What is your favorite sweet?

Ice cream is my favorite sweet, anything with chocolate chunks and ribbons of caramel.

Thank you, Mary Julia, for taking the time to reconnect with us.  We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

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