Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Psychology and is a certified grief counselor. By day, she is a Senior Services librarian with the James Kennedy library in Dyersville, Iowa. By night, she conducts workshops, does public speaking, and writes. She is widely published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. An essay of hers was featured in the January/February 2013 issue of “Poets & Writers” magazine. Mary conducts writing workshops for local libraries, community colleges and women’s groups and does public speaking on the subjects of creativity, writing, utilizing your talents in your everyday life, and finding hope in the darkness of loss. She is the author of these Familius titles: “Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America’s Extreme Obsession,” “Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage,” “Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace,” “Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink,” with co-writer Mary Jedlicka Humston, and “Expressive Writing for Healing.” She is currently under contract for a book on creativity to be released in 2019.
Mary Jedlicka Humston, a former high school teacher, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in English Education. She has had over 150 poems and essays published at the local and national level in newspapers, magazines, books, and online. One of her poems was chosen to be projected on the Krakow City of Literature UNESCO Poems on the Wall in 2014. Mary has presented programs on cancer, dealing with chronic illness, prayer, writing, and the Little Free Library movement. She is a member of National League of American Pen Women and The University Club Writers of Iowa City. She lives in Iowa City with her husband Jim.