About the author      Marjorie L. Skelly     Marjorie Skelly has won first-place in the Poets and Patrons and the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Poetry Memorial awards contests, along with reaching finalist status for the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Slam in Chicago and twice reaching semi-finalist status with the Word Works Washington Prize. Various incarnations of her short story “Standing in the Dark with my Family,” which appears in print for the first time in this book, were three times given finalist status with the prestigious Glimmer Train Journal, and her short story “Pass the Candied Yams,” not in this collection, won second place in a National Organization for Women contest. “Bus Fare,” also appearing in this book, was nominated for an Illinois Arts Council award. Skelly has taught English at Loyola University of Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University and poetry and fiction writing at a variety of venues.    
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