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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Maxine Chernoff  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1952 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Maxine Chernoff was born and raised in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Maxine Chernoff is an American novelist, writer, poet, academic and literary magazine editor.Currenlty, she is a professor and Chair of the Creative Writing program at San Francisco State University and lives in Mill Valley, California.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Utopia TV store :
ISBN: 0916328139. OCLC Number:

Yellow Press ;. Chicago :. ©1979.

New faces of 1952 /
ISBN: 0878861246. OCLC Number:

Ithaca House,. Ithaca, N.Y. :. ©1985.

Bop :
ISBN: 0918273196. OCLC Number:

Coffee House Press,. Minneapolis :. 1986.

Bop :
ISBN: 0394755227. OCLC Number:

Vintage Books,. New York :. 1987, ©1986.

Japan /
ISBN: 0939691019. OCLC Number:

Avenue B,. Bolinas, Calif. :. ©1987.

Leap year day :
ISBN: 0929968115. OCLC Number:

Another Chicago Press ;. Chicago :. ©1990.

Plain grief /
ISBN: 0671724630. OCLC Number:

Summit Books,. New York :. ©1991.

When Sarah Holmes announces she wants a divorce, her daughter and a girlfriend run away from home, Sarah and her lover fly to California to find them, and as they wait for the girls, along with Sarah's sister, all of them must come to terms with the changes in their lives.

American heaven :
ISBN: 1566890411. OCLC Number:

Coffee House Press,. Minneapolis :. ©1996.

The friendship of two women who meet in the laundry room of an apartment building in Chicago. One is Irena, a Polish mathematician who emigrated to the U.S. and is caring for an old jazz musician, the other is Elizabeth from New England who is caring for a sick gangster.

A boy in winter :
ISBN: 0609605224. OCLC Number:

Crown Publishers,. New York :. ©1999.

A family drama in Chicago where a boy kills a neighbor's son with a bow and arrow. An accident or something more complex? The neighbor was having an affair with the boy's mother.


Maxine Chernoff has been recognized with the Independent Democrat Award and as an Illinois Arts Council Fellow. She has also received the Carl Sandburg Award.

Speaking Engagements

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Contact Publisher

Robert Cornfield Literacy Agency Robert Cornfield 145 West 79th Street New York, New York 10024 212-874-2465