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General Information

Name:  Gale Renee Walden  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: in Urbana, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Walden was born in Urbana, Illinois. She grew up on the south side of Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Walden resides in Urbana, Illinois today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gale Renee Walden graduated from both the University of Arizona and the University of Illinois in Urbana. She has taught fiction and poetry at the University of Illinois, Columbia College, Harvard University, and Salem State College. Her poetry has been anthologized in ''Red, White, and Blues'', published by University of Iowa press, and ''Real Things'', published by Indiana University Press. She has published short stories in ''Fiction'', ''Prairie Schooner'', ''The Antioch Review'', ''Mid-America Review'', and other literary magazines. She won the 2004 ''Boston Review'' Fiction contest and has completed a novel based on the winning story, ''Men I Don’t Talk to Anymore.'' She has published essays in the ''Crab Orchard Review'', ''The Chronicle of Higher Education'', ''Another Chicago Magazine'', ''Salon'' and ''Parenting and Professing'' by Vanderbilt University Press. Walden resides in Urbana, Illinois. She is a journalist, freelance travel and political writer and a book reviewer for the ''Chicago Sun Times''.

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