Read, Write, Tell
Margie Willis Clary was born in the Piedmont section
of South Carolina. Her father was a Baptist minister.
After graduating from Furman University with a Bachelor Degree in Education, she taught in Greenville County
until moving with her family to Charleston in 1965. She received a Master in Education from The Citadel and taught on James
Island until her retirement in 1988.
retirement, Clary has worked as an adjunct professor at The Citadel and at Charleston Southern University. As a storyteller,
Margie travels throughout the state working in schools as an artist-in-residence with the South Carolina Arts Commission.
She presents workshops, both locally and statewide on the use of literature and storytelling in curriculum. She also is available
for "Meet the Author" presentations.
As a freelance writer, she has contributed articles to local and national publications. In 1990 she published a volume
of poetry, A Poem Is a Memory. Her first book of fiction, entitled A Sweet, Sweet Basket, was published in 1995 by Sandlapper
Publishing and listed among Smithsonian Magazine's "Notable Books for Children."
Margie is actively associated with a number of national and local
professional groups including The National Association of Storytellers, The International Reading Association, Delta Kappa
Gamma International, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and state and local arts councils.
A South Carolina native, Margie Clary has called
the Charleston area home for more that thirty years. She and her husband live on James Island and is an active member at Fort
Johnson Baptist Church. They have two children and three grandchildren.