Born in Brooklyn, New York, she grew up on Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota, where she graduated from Stanbrook Hall High School in Duluth. She earned an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Social Work and Masters of English from the University of Minnesota. She takes pictures of ears and fields, loves Monteverdi, Sardinian chant, Bach, Van Morrison and cycling in San Francisco where she works in child welfare. Beside Myself, a book of flash fiction, is her current project. Mardith also writes serial fiction for iPinion Syndicate and provides editing services.