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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary McCormack Deka  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Poetry

Born: 1989 in La Grange Park, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Deka was born and raised in La Grange Park and lived in Urbana while attending college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Some of her poems are inspired by the landscape she's seen in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary McCormack Deka has been published in India and the US. Her poems have appeared in the Goodreads newsletter, Railonama, and The Mystic Nebula. She won the Bare Hands Poetry and Photography Postcard Competition of 2013 and was a recipient of the Quinn Award for Poetry in 2012. She’s inspired by everything—oceans and forests, sardines and tangerines, stained glass and kizomba dancing. She likes to travel, read, write, and tell stories.

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