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Born in Dallas, Mary Margaret began writing poems in elementary school because she "loved to put words together." Siddie Joe Johnson, the (now) famous Children's Librarian for the Dallas Public Library had started a Writers' Club for high school students. She encouraged Mary Margaret to enter a contest, judged by John Igo, which Mary Margaret won. The prize was a scholarship to Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton. The young poet earned her BA in English there and became the editor of the college paper The M.H.B. News.

She began her teaching career in Corpus Christi where she met her husband Paul Rode. They moved to San Antonio where she continued teaching until the birth of their son, Ben.

An interest in early childhood education led to a Master's in Education from UTSA, after which she taught at St. Luke's Episcopal School for 21 years. The Mary Margaret Rode Award has been presented each year since 1987 at the school's closing ceremony to a 4th grade student whose "joy in learning and love of school" is particularly remarkable.

Writing poems has remained a life-long passion. Some of her poems have been published in the San Antonio Express-News. In addition to poetry she loves music, the two of which she says "perform a duet with one another."

Mary Margaret Rode is an active member of Christ Lutheran Church where she has served in many capacities, including church poet laureate.

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