Mary Young

Award-winning writer and naturalist Mary Taylor Young has been writing about the landscape and heritage of Colorado and the American West for 30 years as a full-time freelance writer. Her 17 books include Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years and Land of Grass and Sky: A Naturalist’s Prairie Journey. She has published hundreds of magazine, newspaper and web articles and her Words On Birds column appeared in the Rocky Mountain News for 16 years. Mary was a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park in 2012. She has worked with thousands of school children, K through 9th, as a creative writing artist in residence. In 2016, she was the spring commencement speaker for Colorado State University, College of Natural Sciences, her alma mater. Mary lives in Castle Rock with her family. The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District named Mary the 2018 Frank Waters Award honoree for exemplary literary achievement and a canon of writing that communicates a deep understanding, celebration, and love of the West.

Mary Young