“(Mary’s writing) is not only deeply felt, but deeply rooted in its place. Its density and cadence capture the weight and flow of the valley…It moves along, one thought opening to another, just as our lives and our natural world do. It is entirely authentic.”
ANN ANDERSON STRANAHAN • author of Window on the River
Mary’s work has appeared in Amsterdam Quarterly, The Hong Kong Review, The Colorado Sun, Ruminate Magazine, Braided Way, BlueHouse Journal, Speckled Trout Review, The Writers Workshop Review, Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural Living and is forthcoming in Reading Colorado: A Literary Road Guide, an anthology of placed-based writings edited by Peter Anderson and published by Bower House Books. Her book, Apertures: Findings from a Rural Life, is also forthcoming from Shanti Arts Publishing.
Her first collection of essays, At Home in the Elk River Valley: Reflections on Family, Place, and the West, was recognized as a 2012 Regional Nonfiction Finalist by the National Indie Excellence Book Award program. It was also the recipient of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association’s 2012 Bronze EVVY Award.
She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Mary and her husband, Pete, raise hay and quarter horses on their ranch in the Elk River Valley in northwestern Colorado. She and her husband have two adult children.