Before earning her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Mary Rickert worked as kindergarten teacher, coffee shop barista, balloon vendor at Disneyland, and in the personnel department of Sequoia National Park where she spent her time off hiking the wilderness. She now lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, a small city of candy shops and beautiful gardens.
She has published numerous short stories and two collections: Map of Dreams and Holiday. Her first novel, The Memory Garden was published in 2014, and won the Locus award for best first novel, which made her very happy. Her novella, The Mothers of Voorhisville, was also published in 2014. You can easily find it online, if you are so interested. Her new collection, You Have Never Been Here, is due to be published by Small Beer Press in November, 2015. There are, of course, mysterious gaps in this account of her life; that is where the truly interesting stuff happened, which explains that mysterious smile in the photograph, doesn’t it?