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Joanne Zienty was the first winner of the Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project in 2014.

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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Weird Illinois

Picture These days, Illinois gets a bad rap. Of course, depending on whos doing the bad-rapping, that could be ascribed as a honor. (Lookin at you, current occupant of the White House.) You name it, we are insulted for it. Underfunded pension funds. High tax rates. Crooked politicians. (Okay, maybe we deserve thatgiven the historical rate at which our governors wind up as convicted felons.) But I figure Read more of this blog post »
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Gustave Flaubert
“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
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“If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.”
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“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”
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