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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Doreen Ambrose-Van Lee  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: 1969 in Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Doreen grew up in Chicago's Cabrini Green.

Biographical and Professional Information

Doreen earned a BA in print journalism from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE), and also served in the Armed Forces for three years. She is the mother of three children and in addition to her writing she loves to read. She is also a founding member of the North Austin Public Library Poetry Group which is located on the west side of Chicago.


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Titles At Your Library

Raised in Da Sun: A Gettogurl's Story
ISBN: 1424123151

PublishAmerica. 2006

Doreen Ambrose-Van Lee, also known as Gettogurl, was born in 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, in one of Chicago’s most notorious neighborhoods, Cabrini Green. Writing since the age of twelve, she lived with four sisters and brothers a mother, Rosetta Ambrose Scott, who was a substitute teacher and a father, now deceased, who was a factory worker. Doreen has three children of her own, ages ten, seven and two. She enjoys writing poetry and reading autobiographies. She earned a BA in print journalism from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE), and also served in the Armed Forces for three years. Doreen has had poems and short stories published by major publications. She is a member of poets.com. Raised in Da Sun is a culmination of poems from her youth in Cabrini Green to being a single parent. It has poems of struggling to adjust as a child, to going to school and being married and then becoming a single parent. It has passionate stories of self-love and love and acceptance. It was written over a ten-year period.

Diary of a MidWestern Getto Gurl
ISBN: 1424146763

PublishAmerica. 2007

Doreen Ambrose-Van Lee, mother of three children, ages, 2, 8, and 10, grew up in Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood. She has two sisters and two brothers. Her mother is a retired teacher her father a retired factory worker. She resides on the west side of Chicago. She served in the United States Army, and earned a B.A. degree in print journalism from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She enjoys writing poetry and short stories. Doreen has had stories and poems printed in major newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. She is a member of poets.com and wrote a book of poetry entitled Raised I the Sun.


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