CLEAR, REFLECTIVE, AND UNWAVERING
A Voice of the Valley
“(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
Recognized in Nonfiction
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.
Mary’s essays, “Bugsy” and “Daddy’s Girl,” have been anthologized in Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural Living, edited by Gail Jenner, published by Two Dot.
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.