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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sharon Darrow  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1948 in Elk City, Oklahoma


Illinois Connection

Darrow lived in Chicago and Naperville. She taught at Columbia College Chicago from 1996 - 2003.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sharon Darrow is an artist, author, teacher and poet. She studied art in college, got a psychology degree from East Texas State University in Texarkana (now TAMU-Texarkana, a branch of Texas A & M), Later in life, she also studied writing in Vermont College’s MFA in Writing and has taught in their Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program since 1997. Her other works include short fiction, essays, and poetry in Other Voices, Rhino, Folio, Columbia Poetry Review, ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Great River Review, AWP Chronicle, and others. She also contributed to the anthologies: Home to Me: Poems Across America and In the Middle of the Middle-West: An Anthology of Creative Non-Fiction.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Old Thunder and Miss Raney''''' *Finalist, Western Writers of America Spur Award '''''The Painters of Lexieville''''' *Editors' Choice-Best of the Year YA Fiction list, KLIATT *Oklahoma Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, 2004 '''''Trash''''' *Junior Library Guild selection *Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers, ALA *Finalist, Oklahoma Book Award, 2007 '''''Yafi's Family