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 has contributed to Farm and Ranch Living, The Trail and Rider Magazine, Country Woman and Cats and Kittens. She co-authored Friends for Life: The Legacy of a 1950s Neighborhood with Meg Spencer and co-edited the local, bestselling cookbook, Steamboat Entertains. She is currently at work on a memoir and a collection of poetry inspired by natural world of the Western landscape and the people who inhabit her life.
In her free time, Mary enjoys gardening, photography, snowshoeing, skate skiing, and trail riding. Readers may visit Mary at her website: www.marybkurtz.com