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Occupation Writer; College Composition Instructor
Location Chicago, IL, United States
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Introduction Professional: Writer. I earned my MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my BA in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University. I have studied with Tom Jenks, Janet Desaulniers, Lee K. Abbott, Rosellen Brown, Beth Nugent, and Alice Mattison. My fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Time, The Times of Northwest Indiana, Chicago Review, Book magazine, Chicago Artist’s News, Room of One’s Own, ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Lake Shore Drive magazine, Chicago’s Subnation, and The Creative Woman. My fiction has also won awards and citations from Playboy magazine, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Fund, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Women in Publishing, and the Hobson Foundation.
Interests Writing, reading, Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, stretching, swimming, studying the Italian language and its literature, the Kabbalah. Personal: Married to Bill Hincks, the sweetest and coolest guy ever, and living on the Southwest Side of Chicago with him and our Australian Shepherd-Sheltie mix, Teddy. I am also Roman Catholic and my favorite Catholics in history (past and contemporary) are Erasmus, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis de Sales, Blessed Laura Vicuna, Father Thomas P. Doyle, Madonna, Sinead O'Connor, Flannery O'Connor (even though I can't excuse of dismiss the racism), and Gary Wills.
Favorite Movies The Passion of Joan of Ark, Henry & June, The Bicycle Thief, La Vie En Rose, Diary of a Country Priest, Caddyshack, Stripes, Back to School, Borat, Amadeus, Hotel Rwanda, La Dolce Vita, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Producers, Blazing Sadles, Young Frankenstein, Rosewood, Play It As It Lays, Goodbye Again, Camille Claudel, High Art, Broken Flowers, Hustle & Flow, Basquiat, Ordinary People, Akeelah and the Bee, all the Harry Potter films.
Favorite Music Madonna, R.E.M., The Police, U2, Leave, John Lennon, Tori Amos, Patti Smith, Elvis Perkins, Buddy Guy, Laura Pausini, Dilana, Metallica, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, Sarah McLaughlin, Liz Phair, Depeche Mode, Sam Saunders, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Columbia Monkey Knife Fight, Samantha Natalie, Roger Waters, Charlie Parker, Ministry, Sex Pistols, David Bowie, Concrete Blonde, Lenny Kravitz, Bauhaus, Living Colour, Yaz (the band, not the birth control pill), Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonic Youth, Chet Baker, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Velvet Underground, The Smiths, The Doors, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Beethoven, Saint Hildegard of Bingen.
Favorite Books Fear of Flying and Fanny, Being the True Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones by Erica Jong; Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, Sophie's Choice by William Styron; Anne Sexton's and Sylvia Plath's poetry; Play It as It Lays, The White Album, A Book of Common Prayer, Democracy, and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion; Time Will Darken It by William Maxwell; Falconer and Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever; The Invisible Circus, Emerald City, and Look at Me by Jennifer Egan; The Bluest Eye and Beloved by Toni Morrison; Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger; Pigeon Feathers by John Updike; Exposure, Poison, and The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison; Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce; The Wheel of Love, Marriages and Infidelities, and Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; Native Son by Richard Wright; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy; Wise Blood and A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor, Art & Scholasticism by Jacques Maritain; Revelation of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich

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