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Mary McCormack Deka

Born: 1989 in La Grange Park, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Mary McCormack Deka on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Away from shore :
ISBN: 9780998172002 OCLC: 967870218

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.