About Me

Mary Louise Bendrick, AKA Lou

Contact: lou@loubendrick.com

What I do now:

Freelance writer

What I used to do:

Contributor: Grist.org, columnist for   Checkout Line and Bottom Line

Radio co-host: Mimi’s Morning Mojo, WSBS FM, Great Barrington, MA ; Reading Between the Lines; KOTO FM Telluride, CO; Radio essays: High Country News Radio, Lay of the Land.

Short film writer: COWBOY YOGA (Berkshire International Film Festival; Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival)

Editorial Intern, American Bungalow; Assistant Editor, ActiveTimes Magazine; Reporter, Carbondale Valley Journal; Special Sections Editor, Aspen Times; Copy Editor, Telluride Daily Planet; Editor, 8750 Magazine; Humor Columnist, Aspen Times, High Country News, Northern Sky News.

Freelance: Grist, Orion, Utne Reader, Boston Globe, Denver Post Magazine, Outside, Ski, New Parent, Dog & Kennel, Telluride Magazine, Sojourner Magazine, MountainFreak,  Mountain Gazette, Local Flavor, Santa Monica Outlook.

Miscellaneous: Panelist, Society for Environmental Journalists 2006 conference; on-air guest, Martha Stewart Radio; short fiction published in Willow Springs (http://willowsprings.ewu.edu/archives/bendrick.pdf ); co-founder, CyberX Computer Systems.


Author, Eat Where You Live (Skipstone Press, 2008); Contributor, Living in the Runaway West (Fulcrum Publishing, 2000).


• Dickinson College, Carlisle PA (BA, Policy Management Studies) • University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (study abroad) • UCLA School of Extension (journalism courses) • Vermont College (partially completed MFA in creative writing)


Married to author/editor/filmmaker Hal Clifford; two children; one dog.

Current hometown: Boulder, CO

Into:  Horses, dogs, reading, cooking, gardening, hiking.