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Judith Skillings was born in Portland, Maine and spent her first years in Skowhegan. When she was seven the family moved to Holden, Massachusetts. Entering second grade was traumatic because her classmates already knew how to express themselves in cursive writing, while she was still printing. However an early assignment was to design a book jacket and print (not write) a synopsis of the story on the inside flaps. She got an A for neatness and thus began her love affair with books. Around age eleven, her mother convinced her to enter a poetry contest sponsored by the local American Legion. “Flag, Guardian of Our Nation” garnered her a $25 gift certificate and her first thrill of having someone pay for her writing. It would be a long time before that thrill was repeated.