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Mary C

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Last Login 7/30/2016
Location OMAHA, NE
Education Bachelors Degree
Status Inactive
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Since she began editing the University of Arizona general and graduate catalogs in 1980, Mary has worked full time as a writer and editor on subjects ranging from architecture to yoga. While writing all publications for the University of Arizona's entrepreneurship program, she developed and for five years wrote's weekly entrepreneurship column, "Small Business Builder."

During the 1980s, Mary worked on a series of book projects with a colorful Mennonite farmer, Mil Penner, editing his autobiography (Section 27) and ghostwriting several guidebooks on Kansas rural culture. She also edited the memoir Survived to Tell, by Edward Keonjian, a microelectronics pioneer who was left for dead in a mass grave during the horrific World War II Siege of Leningrad.

Working with the publisher Addicus Books, Mary was the ghostwriter for a half-dozen books, including Prostate Cancer, Cataract Surgery, and Facial Cosmetic Surgery. For another publisher, Ironwood Press, she edited Herbs: Growing and Using the Plants of Romance, How to Grow the Wildflowers, and more books on arid-land gardening.

Mary has broad experience in print marketing for nonprofits, including the public-radio station KHCC and the Omaha arts-for-children organization The ARTery. Her award-winning poetry has been published in dozens of print and online journals and appears in her blogs "Annagrammatica's Poem of the Week" and "Sister Alma Rose Has the Last Word," the latter dealing with prayer and other spiritual topics. Her blog "Write Light" covers a variety of writing topics, including grammar, syntax, style, and vocabulary.

Educated at Stanford University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the University of Arizona (B.A. 1995), Mary has taught noncredit courses on business writing, poetry, and mindfulness meditation. She is a musician and composer, principally of hymns and anthems.

Coauthor (with Pipi Campbell Peterson): Ready, Set, Organize, second edition (editor of the first edition)
Author: Write Better Right Now (business-writing course and handbook)
Author: Unfamiliar Territory
Composer (music and lyrics): "For the Brave"
Composer (music and lyrics): "God Is in This Place"
Lyricist: "You Are a Star" (with composer Rick Kuethe)
Lyricist: "A Place Called Hope" (with composer Rick Kuethe)
Small Business, Spirituality, Health and Wellness, Meditation, Architecture, Classical Music
Gardening, Music (Classical, Country), Antique Furniture, Children's Literature, English Literature; Inmate Correspondent for CrossOver Prison Ministries
University of Arizona Jan 1977 – Dec 1995
English, Music, Bachelor of Arts

Studied English and American literature, poetry, music performance and composition

University of Nebraska at Omaha Jan 1971 – Jun 1975

Studied English literature and creative writing; GPA 4.0

Stanford University Sep 1965 – May 1966
English literature, music,

Majored in English literature with additional courses in American literature and poetry; minored in music with courses in vocal music and composition, music performance, and jazz studies.

Honors and Awards
Achievement in Poetry Jun 2007
Received Achievement in Poetry award for the poem "The Eleventh Hour."

Semifinalist Awarded for "The Eleventh Hour."

Competition winner Won monetary prize and publication for two poems.

Competition winner Won monetary prize and publication for the poem "The Morris Chair."

Association Memberships
CrossOver Prison Ministries Corresponds with inmates in Nebraska prisons.

Projects by Industry

Author of the self-published book Annagrammatica's Little Book of Affirmations, currently preparing second edition.
Editor of yet-untitled book of sermons by Episcopal priest Michael Stephenson, Norman, Oklahoma.
Author of forthcoming self-published book Annagrammatica's Little Book of Prayer.


Researcher and ghostwriter for at least six Addicus Press projects. Work involved extensive interviewing, drafting, conferring with physicians, and revising. Titles included Prostate Cancer (first and second editions), Facial Cosmetic Surgery, and Cataract Surgery.

Projects by Asset Type

As editor, ghostwriter, author, or coauthor, Mary has worked on more than twenty books, including
consumer-health projects for Addicus Books,
gardening guides for Ironwood Press,
memoirs (Section 27, University of Kansas Press, and Survived to Tell, Sunstone Press),
organizing guides (Ready, Set, Organize! first and second editions, Jist Works),
and self-published volumes on spirituality and writing.

Projects By Expertise

Early in her career, Mary was the principal copywriter for the University of Arizona Extended University marketing department, writing for all the division's print publications, including news releases, catalogs, brochures, newsletters, and reports. More recently she has written website copy for the Tucson firm EcoSense Landscaping and the nonprofit Empowerment Project--Respect and Manners at School and Work.

Projects by Writing Style

Mary's humorous essays have appeared in the University of Arizona Wildcat and the University of Nebraska at Omaha Gateway. She uses humor liberally in one of her three blogs, Wright Light. When she worked for Harris Electronic News, a pre-Internet electronic news service, her weekly humor column, Computers Are Not Magic, was syndicated in Harris Enterprises newspapers in Kansas and California.


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