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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1954 in Peoria, IL

Illinois Connection

Mae Catherine lives in Peoria, IL.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mae Catherine Godhigh is a staff writer for the Peoria Traveler Weekly Newspaper. A native of Peoria, Illinois; she is the eldest of six children in a black working-class family. As a child, she displayed an early interest in literature.She made her debut as a Christian author in 2008 with her first book, ''Back Porch Watermelon''. In 2012, she published her second book, ''Articles of a Church Predator''. APC continues to open doors to numerous speaking engagements and conferences. Two of her books are listed on the International market. Godhigh has prodigious research about civil rights activism and martyrs as well as about her family’s personal journey in the violence of those times. After the publication of her third book, ''Uncle Peaches & Nem’ Poetry Café’Au lait Volume 1'', she soon gained the attention of both critics and a wider audience for her unerring ear for dialogue, and her poetically-charged and richly-expressive depictions of Black America. For additional information and purchase of her books, please visit Mae Catherine [].

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Back Porch Watermelon"""

-- *deGrummond Children's Literature Collection, McCain Library and Archives at the University of Mississippi

-- *Peoria Lincoln Branch Library

-- *Library of Congress


-- """Other Honors and Awards"""

-- *Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Celebrity Author

-- *Illinois Reading Room

-- *Library of Congress

-- *Peoria Lincoln Branch Library

-- *New York Public Library's Schomburg Center

-- *Rudisell Regional Library Greenwood Branch, Tulsa Oklahoma