Mary Julia Klimenko received an MA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. After graduation, she
taught creative writing for two years at SFSU before returning to school to obtain an MA in psychology. She is a licensed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s also worked with internationally known sculptor, Manuel Neri, since 1972 as his primary model and collaborator on limited-edition fine art books consisting of her poetry and his paintings.