Mary Theresa Kelly grew up in a large Toronto-based family. As a young woman, she journeyed to Alberta and, mesmerized by the Rocky Mountains, made Western Canada home. She completed a master's degree in communication studies at the University of Calgary and works by contract, part-time, in health and gender research. In the same way life has moved her to experience various urban, rural, and wilderness places, she writes in a variety of forms. Her work has appeared in diverse publications from EVENT to The Journal of Integral Theory & Practice to The Dance Current. As a co-author, she has also contributed to more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles. She lives in British Columbia, maintains a meditation and yoga practice, and grows arugula, kale, and sunflowers. On Mockingbird Hill, published by Caitlin Press, is her first book.