Mary Silwance

What's my story?


I listen for what's unsaid and seek what's unseen; I connect seemingly disparate dots. It is what makes me an artist and environmentalist. It is what makes me a conduit.

I write creative pieces and support other writers. I write about environmental  issues  and facilitate workshops.


I am excited to get to know you and how I can help. Please contact me with any questions. 


 Caring for our Common Home
St. Francis Xavier
Featured Poet
Spoken Word Review
Swordfish Tom's Speakeasy


Writing Contest Winners Reading
Johnson County Library


In 2002, after teaching English for ten years, I became a stay-at-home-mom. Fortuitously, I received a subscription to Mothering magazine whose in-depth articles shaped my parenting and spurred my interest in environmental justice issues. 


When my oldest started school in 2007, I worked with the school community to develop environmentally sustainable habits. Since I was already researching the whys and hows of sustainability, in 2011, I started a blog, tonic wild, to explore the ethical considerations underpinning our everyday choices.

I then began seeking work in the environmental field and have had many adventures over the years. I worked as the Program Director for Green Works in Kansas City; served as the Farm to School Coordinator for DeLaSalle high school; worked as a farm hand at Stony Crest Urban farm and recently became certified in Green Infrastructure Maintenance through Bridging the Gap’s Green Stewards program.


Since I aspire to engage others in environmental stewardship and justice, I cofounded One Less Pipeline in 2016 and began facilitating conversations about the spiritual and justice aspects of environmental issues.



© 2019 Mary Silwance

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