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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gina Frangello  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Frangello lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gina Frangello is an author, editor and publisher. She is the Executive Editor of the award-winning literary magazine ''Other Voices'' and co-founded the book imprint ''Other Voices Books'' or ''OV Books'', now an imprint of Dzanc Books. She has written short fiction which has been widely published in many literary journals and anthologies, including: ''Swink'', ''StoryQuarterly'', ''Prairie Schooner'', ''two girls review'', ''Blithe House Quarterly'' and ''Fish Stories''. She has been a freelance journalist for the ''Chicago Tribune'' and the ''Chicago Reader''. Her debut novel, ''My Sister's Continent'', was published in 2006 and shortly afterward Frangello joined ''The Nervois Breakdown'' as fiction editor. Her second book, ''Slut Lullabies'', was released to critical acclaim in 2010. In the fall of 2011, she joined the online literary magazine ''The Rumpus'', where she sits on the edtiorial board for The Rumpus Book Club, and as Sunday editor. A graduate of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois-Chicago, she has taught literature and creative writing at several Chicago universities, currently teaching at Columbia College in Chicago and Northwestern University. Frangello is also the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council literary award and individual fellowship.

Selected Titles At Your Library

My sister's continent :
ISBN: 0970321295. OCLC Number:

Chiasmus Press,. Portland :. ©2005.

"MY SISTER'S CONTINENT is a contemporary retelling of Freud's infamous "Dora" case study, following a loosely parallel plot and containing similarly controversial sexual themes and layers of possibilities. Kirby is a young woman attempting to come to terms with a "failed" bout of therapy while concurrently trying to decipher the truth about her identical twin, Kendra's, life. When she is sent a skewed case study of herself by her former psychiatrist, she decides torespond by using Kendra's journals to reconstruct her final months with her sister and her brief time in therapy, finally creating her own version of the truth."--Publisher's website.

Slut lullabies /
ISBN: 0975362372. OCLC Number:

Emergency Press,. New York :. ©2010.

A life in men :
ISBN: 1616201630. OCLC Number:

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When Mary revisits Europe to find out what went wrong on an earlier trip with her friend, Nix, she experiences an awakening in her sexual, spiritual, and emotional life.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

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