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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILDREN Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1943 in Sharon, Pennsylvania


Illinois Connection

Barbara lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gregorich writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, for adults and also for children. In 2014 she was an Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar for her presentation on women who played baseball — ''Margaret, Nellie, and Rose: The Story of Women in Baseball''. She also teaches various courses on writing and on self-publishing. Barbara earned her B.A. in literature and history from Kent State University; her M.A. in literature from the University of Wisconsin; and she completed postgraduate courses in American Studies at Harvard University. A former English instructor at Kent State University and Cuyahoga Community College, she also worked as a typesetter for the Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune and a letter carrier for the US Postal Service. She is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, and the Society for American Baseball Research. She is married to Phil Passen, hammered dulcimer musician.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Sue Likes Blue"""

-- *Chicago Women in Publishing Award for Children’s Books, 1984


-- """Women at Play"""

-- *SABR-MacMillan Baseball Research Award, 1993

-- *Inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee, Brookfield High School (Ohio), 2019