Mary Allen is the author of The Deep Limitless Air: A Memoir in Pieces, published by Blue Light Press, and The Rooms of Heaven, published by Alfred A. Knopf and Vintage Books. She has received an NEA creative-writing grant, and her work has appeared in Poets & Writers, Real Simple, Library Journal, CNN On-line, Shenandoah, Tiferet Journal, The Chaos, and Beloit Fiction Journal, and in the anthology If I Don’t Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings. She won Tiferet Journal’s yearly spiritual writing contest in 2013 and received an honorable mention in that contest in 2019. She received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has taught in the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa. She is a full-time writing coach and lives in Iowa City.