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 ABCNEWS.com'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)