Forthcoming, October, 2012 from Ediciones Poligrafa: 

Enrique Martinez Celaya:  Working Methods.
Text by Mary Rakow.  Preface by Dimitri Ozerkov, Curator, The Hermitage. Introduction by Matthew Biro, Chair, Michigan University Department of Art History.

The Memory Room, a novel (Counterpoint Press, 2002).

“Looking for a Context for Enrique Martínez Celaya’s Work” works + conversations, No.9.

Catalogue essay for joint exhibition, “On Seeing: Works by Steve DeGroodt and David McDonald, ‘Their, They’re There.'” Cerritos College Museum of Art.

Melinda Rankin and Magdalen Hayden,  Evangelical and Catholic Forms of Nineteenth Century Christian Spirituality, Doctoral dissertation, Boston College, 1982.  

“Christ’s Descent into Hell: Calvin’s Interpretation,” Religion in Life 43 (1974).

“Music like this finds all my wounds,” Steve DeGroodt & Mary Rakow, 2003. (Text collaged paper with gold fabric veil). The Book of Lies Project, Vol. III, organized by Los Angeles Conceptual artists Eugenia Butler (1947-2008) containing 81 works by 78 artists. Tour Dates: Spring 2012 through Winter 2016.


Women on the Edge: Writing Los Angeles, edited by Sam Dunn and Julianne Ortale (The Toby Press, 2005).

Select Articles Referencing Rakow’s Work

Addison, Catherine, “The Verse Novel as Genre: Contradiction or Hybrid?” University of Zululand, Vol 43, No.4, Winter 2009.

Clayton, Victoria, “The Words Come Hard, but Payoff Is Sweet.” The Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2002.

Middleton, Darren J. N., Theology After Reading, Christian Imagination and the Power of Fiction  (Baylor University Press, 2008).

Muller, Richard A., The Unaccommodated Calvin, Studies in the Foudation of a Theological Tradition, (Oxford Studies in Historical Theology, Oxford University Press, 2000).

Tambour, Karl, The Harrowing of Hell in Medieval England, 2007.

“The Problem and the Genius: Mary Rakow on John Felstiner’s translation of Paul Celan’s ‘Todesfuge.’” February, 2012.

The Memory Room Taught as Literature

UCSan Diego Extension, “Trauma and Memory in Twentieth-Century Fiction. Discover five of the most powerful, insightful—and healing—masterpieces of 20th century fiction: Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Mary Rakow’s The Memory Room, Anne Michaels’s Fugitive Pieces, John L’Heureux’s The Shrine at Altamira, and Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker.