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Toni Nealie

Born: New Zealand
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Nealie lives in Chicago. She holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago.

Biography: Toni Nealie is a writer, journalist and teacher living in Chicago. She is the Literary Editor of Newcity. Recent essays appeared in Guernica and The Prague Review. She worked in magazines, politics and public relations in the U.K and her native New Zealand before moving to the U.S. — two weeks before 9/11.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Miles between me :
ISBN: 194043078X OCLC: 957574941

"In this impressive debut of lyrical essays, New Zealand native Toni Nealie examines distances: those we travel between the places we call home, those that open in our relationships with the people we love, and the ones that exist within ourselves. Nealie details humiliating confrontations with airport security, muses on the color brown, intimately investigates her grandfather's complicated criminal past, and mourns the death of a far-away sibling. The Miles Between Me is a deeply moving collection by a writer constantly hearkening home - wherever and whatever that is."

Mind's eye, shimmering.
ISBN: 1940430607 OCLC: 908071942

Curbside Splendor Pub, [Place of publication not identified] : 2016.