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Marianne Gingher is the author of four previous books, including Bobby Rex's Greatest Hit, Teen Angel & Other Stories of Wayward Love, How to Have a Lucky Childhood, A Girl’s Life: Horses, Boys, Weddings and Luck. Her work has appeared in many periodicals and journals including, the Oxford American, Southern Review, Carolina Quarterly, North American Review, Redbook, Seventeen, Family Fun, McCall’s, the Washington Post Magazine, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.
Her novel, Bobby Rex’s Greatest Hit, was made into a NBC Movie of the Week in 1992 starring Tom Wopat and Jean Smart. Both Bobby Rex and Teen Angel were recipients of ALA Notable and Best Book awards, and Bobby Rex won North Carolina’s Sir Walter Raleigh prize in 1987. Her memoir, A Girl’s Life, received a Foreword magazine “Book of the Year” citation in 2001. Marianne Gingher has taught at Bred Loaf Writers’ Conference, Bennington, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Hollins University, and University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, where she directed the Creative Writing Program from 1997–2002. She is currently at work on a memoir about the creative life entitled A Woman at Work and Play and editing Grammar’s Slips and Bloomers: A Maverick Grammarian’s Playbook, a workbook of writing exercises written by her longtime colleague Daphne Athas.
The mother of two grown sons, she currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is Associate Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at the UNC–Chapel Hill.