Mary Vermillion is the author of three lesbian mystery novels—all set in Iowa and all featuring the plucky and neurotic radio personality, Mara Gilgannon. Mary's third novel, Seminal Murder features a murder in a sperm bank, and explores the differences between lesbians who want to parent and lesbians who don't. Her first novel, Death by Discount, a finalist for two Lambda awards, portrays Walmart's impact on small-town America. Her second, Murder by Mascot, provides a darkly comic look at homophobia and sexual violence in the world of Division I basketball. She and her husband, Benjamin Thiel, just finished writing a dual memoir about his gender transition. Mary is a Professor of English at Mount Mercy University. She and Ben live in Iowa City with their two cats and four guinea pigs.
Mary and her husband, Benjamin Thiel, just finished writing a dual memoir about his gender transition. It is tentatively titled All the Changes: A Marriage Transitions.
Mary and Ben read from their memoir during Pride 2016 at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon, Iowa:
They also discussed their memoir during a 2014 Pride Special. Listen here.
Mary discussed all three of her lesbian mystery novels on The Liz McMullen Show. Listen here.
On Lizzie's Bedtime Stories, Mary read two essays, one about coming out and one about her partner's gender transition. She also read from Seminal Murder. Listen here.
Mary read at Creighton University in February 2013. See part of this event on YouTube.
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