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Author Information: Mary Vigliante Szydlowski

 
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Mary Vigliante Szydlowski was born in Albany, New York in 1946. She is the daughter of Frank and Nataly Vigliante. Mary grew up in East Greenbush, NY and dreamed of being both an actress and a writer. She wrote short stories, poetry, and plays in junior high and won her first writing competition at the age of 12. She appeared on the stage in school plays and in summer theater workshops. She graduated from Columbia High School in 1964.

After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, Mary went on to graduate from the State University of New York at Albany in 1971. She majored in Anthropology. She married Frank Szydlowski in 1971 and later became an adminstrator with the New York State Dept. of Mental Hygiene. She wrote her first novel, THE COLONY, every night after work, setting up her typewriter on the diningroom table.

In addition to her writing, Mary teaches writing programs at libraries, schools, and writers' groups. Her short stories, articles, children's stories, and poems appear in newspapers, literary magazines, children's magazines, and other publications.

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