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 and two devoted canine companions, Emma and Griz.
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 and the 2012 EVVY Merit Award for Book Cover Design.
In June of 2014, Mary’s essays, “Bugsy” and “Daddy’s Girl” were published 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 is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University.
Readers may visit Mary at her website: www.marybkurtz.com