Lived overseas as a child in England & Italy. Born into a family of 10 children. Gave birth to identical twin sons. B.A. in Biology from North Texas State University. Minor in English literature. Lifelong learner. Published poet & short stories, in River Valley Literary Journal, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art Library, Short Story Collection, as Mary Shafer Smith. Book Collaberation: “Across the Pond,” printed in Wales, featuring poems by Mary Smith & photography by Roy Worsnop.