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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary McCormack Deka  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1989 in La Grange Park, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Deka was born and raised in La Grange Park and lived in Urbana while attending college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Some of her poems are inspired by the landscape she's seen in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary McCormack Deka has been published in India and the US. Her poems have appeared in the Goodreads newsletter, Railonama, and The Mystic Nebula. She won the Bare Hands Poetry and Photography Postcard Competition of 2013 and was a recipient of the Quinn Award for Poetry in 2012. She’s inspired by everything—oceans and forests, sardines and tangerines, stained glass and kizomba dancing. She likes to travel, read, write, and tell stories.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Away from shore :
ISBN: 9780998172002. OCLC Number: 967870218

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The poems in this collection follow the story of a young woman as she navigates the realm of first love. Falling in love makes you vulnerable. For all the joy, there is danger, too, and heartbreak. Lyrical and full of imagery, these poems are bittersweet, both beautiful and haunting.--Description from Goodreads.