Mary McCartin Wearn, PhD

"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and the sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone who asks, stand up for the stupid and the crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in a book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body." --

 From Walt Whitman's Preface to The Leaves  of Grass




Mary McCartin Wearn serves as Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Policy at  Middle Georgia State University

In 2011, Wearn was presented the award for Outstanding Scholarship at Middle Georgia State University 

Her edited collection Nineteenth-Century American Women Write Religion: Lived Theologies and Literature was recently published (Ashgate, 2014)