Events With Mary B Kurtz

Events 2019

January 4 - 13, 2019

Regis University MFA 2019 Final Residency and Graduation

I look forward to defending my thesis at this final residency.
What a journey it has been! I was so fortunate to work with the talented
Regis faculty of the Mile High MFA program. My writing and my writing
life were transformed in ways I never imagined before I began.

September 1 - December 15, 2018

Regis University MFA 2018 Fall Semester

In my final semester, I'm so pleased I'll continue working with Kathy Winograd.
Author of Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation, she has been instrumental
in moving my writing deeper into literary work. During this semester I will be
focused on revising my manuscript, Apertures: Notes from the Elk River Valley,
in preparation of defending my thesis in January of 2019.


July 27-August 5, 2018

Regis University MFA 2018 Summer Residency

Chip Livingston, a mixed-blood Creek poet, essayist, and novelist,
will be leading my
summer residency workshop sessions on campus at Regis
University. Chip is author of Owls Don't Have to Mean Death and Naming
and also serves on the faculty of the American
Institute of Native American Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I worked with Chip during my second semester and do look forward
to his sensitive insight and master teaching once again.

August 1, 2018

Regis University MFA Student Readings

Wednesday evening I will be joining other fourth semester graduate
students as we read excerpts from our theses. 

 April 15, 2018

Guest Author 

Sea of Words: Charting a Course from Imagination to Publication

Author, Linda Collison, invited me to contribute an essay discussing my decision to apply for an MFA.

She published, "Why I Pursued an MFA," today as part of her series, "How We Write."

Linda writes with a voice that lays sure ground for an intimate relationship with her characters and their stories. Her writing is imaginative and deeply authentic.

Linda's latest release:

Please visit her at:

April 19, 2018

Colorado Writing School
Lousiville, Colorado

Teaching: "Creating a Writing Life"

As part of my Regis MFA program, I will be teaching 
a class on creativity and the ways in which we, as
writers can establish a deeper commitment to our writing life.

For more information, please visit

The school's director, Rachel Weaver, also
serves on faculty for the Regis MFA program.

January - May 2018

Regis University MFA Spring Semester

Kathryn Winograd, author of Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation,
winner of Foreward Reviews 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards,
will be my mentor for the upcoming semester. I'll be focusing on the
braided essay form both in analysis and in my writing.

January 2018

Regis University MFA Winter Residency

I enjoyed working with Kristen Iversen, professor and author of Full Body Burden:
the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats
, and Jenny Shank, teacher and author of
the novel, Ringer, winner of the High Plains Book Award for fiction
during my ten-day residency. Between workshops, craft lectures,
evening readings, and listening to thesis defenses, I returned
feeling enthused about my writing life.

September-December, 2017

Regis University MFA Fall Semester

I'm pleased to be working with Chip Livingston, poet, essayist,
and novelist. He serves as a faculty member of the Low-Residency program
of the Institute of
American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM as well as
 a faculty member of the Regis Mile High MFA program.

July 21-30, 2017

Regis University MFA Summer Residency

I look forward to working with David Lazar, Professor of Creative
Writing at Columbia College, Chicago and TaraShea Nesbit,
Assistant Professor of Fiction and Nonfiction at Miami
University during my summer residency at Regis University.

January 6-15, 2017

Regis University MFA Winter Residency

I'll be attending my first residency as part of the Regis University
Low-Residency MFA program in Denver, Colorado.
I look forward to working with Sophronia Scott during
the residency and David Lazar for the spring semester.

Events for 2016

February 13, 2016

Writing the Magic of Cinema Into Your Stories
Studying with Page Lambert

July 22-23, 2016
Steamboat Writers Conference
The Arts Depot
Featuring Christine Goff and Page Lambert
Our organizing committee is pleased to host these two fine authors and teachers.
Reading Friday night and book sales.

July 24-31
UNM Santa Fe Writers Conference

Workshops with Priscilla Long and Paul Bogard
I look forward to working on "Prose Style" and "Writing the Wild" with Priscilla and Paul.

November, 2016
The Lost River Review
Photo Published

"Seeking Refuge"
Hanalei River
Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

Featured in the 2016 issue of The Lost River Review.

Book Events for 2015

June 10, 2015

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore
Local Author Forum
6:00 PM


June 25-28, 2015
Writing It Real Writers Conference
Clearwater Resort
Suquamish, Washington
I look forward to joining Sheila Bender, Meg Files and Jack Hefron for another wonderful weekend of writing.

July 24-25, 2015
Steamboat Writers Group Conference
The Art Depot
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
This conference always proves to be a delight with enthusiastic presenters and many repeat attendees.

August 10, 2015
SSAC All Arts Festival
Reading live downtown as part of the
All Arts Festival Literary Evening.

December 2015

Now a Yampavore!

At Home in the Elk River Valley has joined
the Community Agricultural Alliance Marketplace

as a producer. My books and notecards are now
available for purchase through the CAA Marketplace,
a local movement to offer products grown or produced
here in the Yampa Valley. For more information:

Book Events for 2014

January, 2014

New Anthology Pre-Released
I'm pleased to have two essays included in this new
anthology on western rural living. Release date set for 6/3/14.
Pre-orders available at:

Ankle High and Knee Deep:
Women Reflect on Western Rural Life
Editor, Gail Jenner
Globe Pequot Press


February 5, 2014

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Writing It Real Essay Contest
1st Place Winning Essay:
"Why I Write"

From contest judge Molly Tinsley:

“Emotional control of the narrative makes Mary’s experience all the more riveting and poignant. I was swept up by the vivid flow of habitual action interrupted by intense bursts of scene. Splendid handling of an expanse of time — slipping back then advancing steadily. Loved the flash-forward. Narrative progress kept clear by orienting initially on that first home, then on The Desk, or whatever writing surface became The Desk.”

Tinsley's book "Throwing Knives" won the Sandstone Prize for Short Fiction from the Ohio State University Press and an Oregon Book Award in 2001.

March, 2014

Guest author on Sea of Words website.

Thank you, Linda Collison, for the invitation to contribute to your website's column on how authors write. My article, "Antidotes to Isolation: Writing from a Ranch in the Rockies" was posted on March 23rd.

A link to Linda's website: 


May 2-4, 2014

Writing It Real Conference

Cedar Valley Retreat Center, West Bend, Wisconsin

I'll be attending Sheila Bender's annual writing conference. Long-time co-presenters, Meg Files and Jack Heffron will join Sheila in conducting the workshops and private writing consultations.

August 1-2, 2014

Steamboat Writers Conference
Historic Steamboat Arts Depot
Reading Friday Night and Book Sales

October 16-19, 2014

Women Writing the West 20th Anniversary Writing Conference
Table Mountain Inn
Golden, Colorado

Book Signing and Sales


Book Events for 2013

Christmas Holiday Book Signing

Local Authors Featured
Steamboat Springs Walgreens
December 21, 2013


 Under Cover Art Exhibit

Book Covers as Art
May 1-14, 2013

Steamboat Writers Group authors will be displaying posters of their published book covers as art at the Depot Arts Center.
Posters will be on display May 1-14.

Women Writing the West Logo blog

Taos Summer Writers Conference

July 19-21, 2013

Participant in "The Creative Writing Life" Workshop with poet and teacher, Valerie Martinez of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Book Events for 2012

March 21, 2012
Book Reading and Discussion
Books, Art, and Wine Event
Evening's Theme:  Western Landscape
Red Contemporary Art Gallery
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Hosted by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

6:00 PM

May 14, 2012
Book Reading and Discussion
Steamboat Springs Senior Center
12:30 PM

July 13-14, 2012
Steamboat Writers Group Conference
Reading on Friday Night

August 18, 2012
Written Arts Festival

Author Panel Participation
Book Signing and Sales
Bud Werner Memorial Library Hall
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

October 19-21, 2012
Women Writing the West Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico

November 2, 2012
Yampa Valley University Women
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Luncheon Meeting
Book Discussion

November 3, 2012
YVRA Arts and Crafts Fair

Yampa Valley Regional Airport
Hayden, Colorado
Book Sales and Signings
Note Card Sales

June 21, 2011
Steamboat Arts Council All Arts Festival
Word Art
Local Author's Panel Discussion


Mary B. Kurtz at CIPA conference

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