Mary Peterson was born in Minnesota and began writing fiction as a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire in 1973. Her first short story won an award there and was later published in the South Dakota Review. She was a writer-in-residence at Bradford College, Massachusetts, in 1976, and the following summer was a special guest at the Fiction International Writers’ Conference. Her short stories have won an O. Henry Award (1979), a Pushcart Prize (1977), a Citation for Distinction in Best American Short Stories (1977), and the South Dakota Review Award for Fiction. She now lives in Maine and teaches writing at the University of New Hampshire.