--I'm a writer, editor, artist, and blogger in Louisville, Kentucky.
--I'm the author of three books and former wellness columnist for a monthly magazine.
--I was founding director of the mentoring program for the Creative Nonfiction Foundation; have mentored numerous writers since 2000; and have taught, lectured, and directed workshops on writing across the country.
--I hold a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University,and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Mary Cartledgehayes is the author of Semi-sweetness and Light (GoldenTree Communications, 2006); Grace: A Memoir (Crown/Random House, 2003); and To Love Delilah (Innisfree, 1990). Her publishing credits include Funny Times, Ms. Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Christian Century. Her award-winning writing has been recognized for its sensuality, its unexpectedness, and its poetic mastery over language. A nationally known speaker, Mary has led workshops across the country on writing. Her areas of expertise also include living well and preserving our natural history. The founding director of the Mentoring Program of the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, Cartledgehayes continues to mentor writers in craft and process.
A review of Semisweetness and Light appears in the Winter 2008 issue of Christian Feminism Today. While I'm hunting down the link, here's a quotation from the review, by literature editor Linda Williams: "Cartledgehayes knows well how to craft a poem. Her work is rich in compelling detail and layers of meaning, sophisticated in structure, and complex in tone. And her writing is fresh." Semisweetness and Light is available from GoldenTree at (515) 462-4004; or from me at (864) 415-0458.
Website last updated January 15, 2013.