About Mary B Kurtz

Mary and her husband, Pete, raise cattle and quarter horses on their ranch in the Elk River Valley in northwestern Colorado. She and her husband have two adult children.

Mary's first collection of essays, At Home in the Elk River Valley: Reflections on Family, Place, and the West, was recognized as a 2012 Regional Non-Fiction 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.  Readers who love the West will find her essays an insightful journey into the history, natural world, and community of a special mountain valley near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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.

In addition to Mary's work as a writer, she has taught special education, practiced psychotherapy, and coached and volunteered with a number of youth organizations, including her county 4-H program. She is a member of the Routt County Cattlewomen, serving as past president and vice-president and editor of the organization's quarterly newsletter; and also a member of the Steamboat Writers Group, the Steamboat Arts Council, the Yampa River Botanic Park, and the Routt County Humane Society. 

In her free time, Mary enjoys gardening, photography, snowshoeing, skate skiing, and trail riding. 

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