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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Maxine Chernoff  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1952 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Maxine Chernoff on San Francisco State University Website -- http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~wsguild/faculty/chernoff.html
-- Website -- http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/chernoff
-- Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxine_Chernoff
-- Maxine Chernoff on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=maxine+chernoff


Illinois Connection

Maxine Chernoff was born and raised in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Maxine Chernoff is an American novelist, writer, poet, academic and literary magazine editor.Currenlty, she is a professor and Chair of the Creative Writing program at San Francisco State University and lives in Mill Valley, California.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Utopia TV Store
ISBN: 0916328139

Serendipity Pr. 1979

Book by Chernoff, Maxine

New Faces of 1952 (Ithaca House Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0878861246

Ithaca House. 1984

Bop
ISBN: 0918273196

Coffee House Press. 1986

Collection of Short Stories

BOP (Vintage Contemporaries)
ISBN: 0394755227

Vintage. 1987

Twelve short stories explore the efforts of characters to deal with fears, disappointments, and marital problems

Japan
ISBN: 0939691019

Avenue B. 1988

Poetry. "Syllable by syllable, vigorous aural and resolutely abstract. [Chernoff's] strings of words create L=A=N=G= U=A=G=E poetry of the most radical sort. There is not an iota of ingenuousness to be seen anywhere"--Marjorie Perloff.

Leap Year Day: New and Selected Poems
ISBN: 0929968115

Another Chicago Pr. 1991

NOTED POET AND FICTION WRITER MAXINE CHERNOFF'S LEAP YEAR DAY CULLS THE BEST FROM FIVE PREVIOUS COLLECTIONS OF POETRY, AND INCLUDES SOME TWO DOZEN NEW POEMS. SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF THE FICTION COLLECTION BOP. HER PREVIOUS BOOK OF POETRY, NEW FACES OF 1952, WAS WINNER OF THE 1985 CARL SANDBURG AWARD AND RECIPIENT OF A PUSHCART PRIZE WRITER'S CHOICE AWARD. HER LATEST NOVEL IS PLAIN GRIEF 1991. IF THE WORLD COULD LOOK THROUGH MAXINE'S EYE FOR EVEN FIVE MINUTES EVERY DAY, THERE WOULD BE NO NEED WHATSOEVER FOR THE POMPOUS SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT CURRENTLY SPOILS THE POLIS. HER VIEWS OF HUMAN LIFE ARE WISE AND INSTRUCTIVE TALES THAT CURE BY CORRECTING PERSPECTIVE. SHE IS ONE OF OUR BEST ZADDIKS. IT'S THE TRUTH.

Plain Grief
ISBN: 0671724630

Summit Books. 1991

When Sarah Holmes announces she wants a divorce, her daughter and a girlfriend run away from home, Sarah and her lover fly to California to find them, and as they wait for the girls, along with Sarah's sister, all of them must come to terms with the changes in their lives

Signs of Devotion
ISBN: 0517154595

Random House Value Publishing. 1995

American Heaven
ISBN: 1566890411

Coffee House Press. 1996

Maxine Chernoff's style is clear, lyric and moving--very human.--Sara Paretsky

A Boy in Winter
ISBN: 0609605224

Crown. 1999

A Boy in Winter takes the stuff of newspaper headlines and explores, in a taut, deeply moving narrative, the human passions behind it.

After Nancy Horvath and her eleven-year-old son, Danny, move into their dream house, Danny becomes fast friends with ten-year-old Eddie Nova, the boy next door. Eddie is a hyperactive, difficult child, both boon companion and bane of Danny's existence. Meanwhile, Nancy's helpful, neighborly relationship with Eddie's father, Frank, becomes a passionate affair. Frank is the partner Nancy wishes she had, and the father Danny has always longed for. Then one day, Eddie brings over a hunting bow and playfully aims it at Danny and his dog. In a tragic mishap, Danny accidentally shoots and kills his friend.

The novel traces the repercussions of that accident--in Nancy's voice, in Danny's voice, and from Frank's point of view. Danny's extraordinary account of the events that led up to the action is a heartbreaking, pitch-perfect record of the complications of love, the weight of isolation, and the ultimate opacity of intention and motivation. How Nancy's fierce, enduring love for her son sustains a future for him and how Frank's devastating loss and guilt play into that future provide drama-tic counterpoint to Danny's painful dissection of what he has done.

With stunning imagination and an almost sculptural elegance of storytelling, Maxine Cher-noff balances the radical shock of tragedy with the hard-won optimism of survival. She brilliantly enacts how a child stunned by grief and the adults who love him reclaim their trust in the future. Ultimately, A Boy in Winter testifies to the power of parental love and steadfast friendship to provide hope and faith in the face of tragedy.


Awards

Maxine Chernoff has been recognized with the Independent Democrat Award and as an Illinois Arts Council Fellow. She has also received the Carl Sandburg Award.

Speaking Engagements

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