Mary Clearman Blew grew up on a small ranch in Montana and is author of the acclaimed essay collection All But the Waltz; two memoirs: This Is Not the Ivy League and Balsamroot; and the story of her aunt, Writing Her Own Life: Imogene Welch, Western Rural Schoolteacher. Her novel, Jackalope Dreams, published by University of Nebraska Press, won the Western Heritage Award.
She has also published three books of short stories, most recently Sister Coyote (2001). In addition, she has edited two collections of Idaho essays: one on water, one on fire. Her own most recent book of essays is Bone Deep in Landscape (2001). Her stories have been reprinted in both the Best American and O'Henry collections. She was twice the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, once in fiction and once in nonfiction. In 2004, she received the "Distinguished Achievement Award" from the Western Literature Association. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Idaho.