Mary Jane Ryals

Mary Jane Ryals
is the Poet Laureate of Florida's Big Bend Region. Nominated in 2008, Ryals will hold the title until 2012. She brings the world of poetry to schools and literary events in Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, and other north Florida counties. Her latest book of poems is The Moving Waters, published by Kitsune Press in 2008.
   Ryals has been involved with the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competition, Florida State University's Valencia, Spain Study Abroad Program, the Tallahassee Writers' Association Festival of Books, and the literary magazine, Apalachee Review.