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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Patricia Ann McNair  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non Fiction



Illinois Connection

Patricia teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patricia Ann McNair has lived 98 percent of her life in the Midwest. She’s managed a gas station, sold pots and pans door to door, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and taught aerobics. Today she is an Associate Professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award as well as a nomination for the Carnegie Foundation’s US Professor of the Year.

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-- Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award for Adult Fiction, 2012; Devil's Kitchen Reading Awardee in Prose 2012; Illinois Arts Council Literary Award in Prose Nonfiction; Illinois Arts Council Literary Award in Prose Fiction; Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Finalist in Prose; Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose.