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Born in Indianapolis in 1949, Marly Swick spent her childhood moving -- from Massachusetts to Delaware to California -- with book in hand, due to a voracious appetite for reading encouraged by her mother and teachers. She continued her travels and her love for books during her education, receiving her BA from Stanford University, her MA from Mills College, her Ph.D. from the American University, and finally, her MFA at the Iowa Writer's Workshop.

Swick is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a James Michener Award, and an O. Henry Award. Her first book received the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications, among them The Atlantic, Redbook, and The North American Review. She has just written her first novel, Paper Wings.

Upholding a self-professed "Victorian lifestyle in the 90s," Marly Swick enjoys painting and reading in her spare time. She is currently an Associate Professor of Fiction Writing at the University of Nebraska and lives in Lincoln.

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