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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dino Vlahos  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1950 in Athens, Greece

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Illinois Connection

Vlahos was born in Athens, Greece and immigrated to the United states in 1960. He has lived in the Chicago area from 1960 until the present. He has been researching the life of Frances Cook Steen for the past few years. When his research was completed, he decided to write a book about the life story of this exceptionally talented woman. Frances Cook Steen was a prominent member of the Aledo, Illinois community from 1893 until her death in 1933. Frances was an accomplished but little known poet, composer and teacher of music. She was also a very talented but unknown artist during her lifetime. After reading her wonderful poetry and admiring her artwork for a number of years, Vlahos made it his task to honor her memory and bring her accomplishments to the forefront. It is his hope, that with this book, titled ''In Search of the Artist'', he has accomplished his goal of having Frances Cook Steen receive the recognition she truly deserves.

Biographical and Professional Information

Vlahos was born in Greece and presently lives in Illinois. He graduated cum laude from Elmhurst College. His career spanned 35 years in Commercial Property & Casualty Underwriting and as a Regional Director of Marketing & Underwriting Programs for CIGNA Corp., a multi-national insurance company. One of his hobbies is performing genealogy and history research.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

In Search of the Artist
ISBN: 0578098288

Aleo Publications / Division of PFC Supply Co. Inc.. 2012

Short Biography about the life of Frances Cook Steen. A pioneering woman that lived in Minden, Nebraska when the town was first settled in 1878. Nearly 100 years after her death, her artistic works ignited a spark in the author's heart that propelled him into a ten year journey of research and travel that culminated into this fascinating biography.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

You can contact Dino Vlahos at or at (847)

409-8279. There are no fees for his speaking engagements. Groups that may have an interest about his biography of Frances Cook Steen are Historical Societies, Genealogical Societies, Libraries, art museums, and poetry societies.