Mary and her husband, Pete, raise quarter horses, cattle, and hay on their ranch in the Elk River Valley in northwestern Colorado. She and Pete have two adult children.
Her first collection of essays, At Home in the Elk River Valley: Reflections on Family, Place and the West, was recognized as a 2012 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist in Regional Non-Fiction; and received the 2012 EVVY Bronze Award for Non-Fiction/Experience.
In 2014, two of her essays were selected for inclusion in Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural Living, an anthology edited by Gail Jenner, published by Two Dot, an imprint of Globe Pequot.
Mary received her MFA in Creative Writing from Regis University.
Readers may visit Mary at her website: www.marybkurtz.com