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Name:  Leah Bassinger Riley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1964 in Tulsa, Oklahoma


Illinois Connection

Riley, born in Tulsa, Okla. , moved to Illinois approximately 18 years ago with her husband Jon.

Biographical and Professional Information

She attended college at Millikin University in Decatur and received a bachelor's degree in music education in 2001, after which poverty set in. She quickly discovered that schools could not affort to hire music teachers. That in conjunction with her husbands disability sent them on the slippery slope to poverty. Read more:

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