Joanne E. Zienty

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Joanne Zienty was just named the winner of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project.

Born and raised on Chicago's South Side, Joanne Zienty vividly remembers the “glow of industry” that lit the night sky with an orange haze and can still summon the acrid odor of the fumes of coke ovens and blast furnaces, although the steel mills have been shuttered for decades.
Joanne's first success as a writer came in 5th grade, when she completed a 70 page novel, which was, admittedly, highly derivative of the Walter Farley Black Stallion series, and had her first play – a Thanksgiving drama – produced on the stage of her elementary school.
As an undergrad at the University of Chicago, Joanne had the pleasure of dropping, along with half of the
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Joanne E. Zienty I walk away from the writing for awhile. There's nothing more frustrating than sitting and staring at the lines on a blank piece of paper while…moreI walk away from the writing for awhile. There's nothing more frustrating than sitting and staring at the lines on a blank piece of paper while feeling you have nothing particularly important and/or beautiful to say. Exercise is great for thinking, too. I get some of my best ideas while on my morning run.(less)
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Join me at the Tamale Hut Cafe for a reading!

I'm blessed to appear at two events this Saturday, June 24th. The first is a private event connected to the ALA Conference in Chicago. THRIVE is a celebration of indie books and community reading sponsored by Biblioboard, the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Authors Project and RAILS Library System, among others. The second is a public event at the Tamale Hut Cafe in North Riverside. Good times! Here... Read more of this blog post »
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