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General Information

Name:  Beth Staas  

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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction History Poetry

Born: Oak Brook



Illinois Connection

I am a coal miner's daughter who lived in a trailer across the railroad tracks, a member of the "Greatest Generation." My parents were German immigrants, my father coming first to find a job and a place to live, then sending for the family. I was conceived in their joyous reunion, born in Cook County Hospital, Chicago. They didn't know that this was the beginning of the Great Depression. But after hard work and careful savings, they opened a mom and pop store with my brother and sister pitching in after school. Then came World War II with the business flourishing. I attended Wright Junior College with battle-hardened veterans, one of whom I married. Not surprisingly, all three of my novels describe events set in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Although I find prose to be a comfortable medium, I have also written a one-act two character play "A Search for Truth that Shook the World," about Charles Darwin and his decision to publish his findings. Coming to poetry late in my career, I have struggled and had some success, winning numerous contests with my work anthologized in many outlets and on the WEB. I am currently working on a collection of poems relating to Biblical stories and parables.

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