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General Information

Name:  Ray Elliott  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: N/A


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Elliott resides in Urbana.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ray Elliott is a novelist, editor and publisher of historical fiction and memoir-primarily dealing with life in the Midwest, and World War II and its aftermath. He is best known for his historical fiction about the World War II-era American home front (''Wild Hands Toward the Sky'') and an aging Iwo Jima combat veteran’s final days (''Iwo Blasted Again''), in addition to his periodic columns published in Champaign-Urbana’s News-Gazette and his online blog. An English and journalism teacher at the high school and college levels for many years, Elliott also worked as a counselor for a time at the maximum-security Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois. Elliott is an advocate and volunteer for civic, literary and veterans support organizations. He has traveled to numerous World War II sites in the Pacific and in Europe, and is a board member and editor of The Spearhead News for the Fifth Marine Division Association, which includes Iwo Jima among its campaigns. He is a board member of The James Jones Literary Society, a member of the the Illinois Center for the Book advisary committee, and the Richard L. Pittman Marine Corps League in Urbana-Champaign. He has also served as a past-president of the James Jones Literary Society and a Road Scholar for the Illinois Humanities Council. In the recent Tim Rice-produced musical, ''From Here To Eternity'', Elliott served as military adviser.

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-- Ray was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.