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August1999
Come and Go, Molly Snow
by Mary Ann Taylor-Hall

Biographical Note

I was born in Chicago and grew up in Winter Haven, Florida; attended Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia; and graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Florida in 1959. In 1962 I received the Master of Arts degree with honors from Columbia University, with a specialization in dramatic literature. I also studied acting during those years with Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen.

Afterwards, I taught at the following schools: Auburn University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Puerto Rico, and Miami of Ohio. I’ve lived in Germany and England and New York City. Since returning to Kentucky, I have taught creative writing from time to time at the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University. I have often led workshops around the state and taught a semester-long master class in fiction writing in the Writer’s Voice program, funded through the National YMCA. [Editor’s Note: The Writer’s Community, a program of the YMCA National Writer’s Voice, awards residencies to mid-career writers in recognition of “literary achievement and promise.” Taylor-Hall was one of four fiction writers nationwide to win the residencies in spring 1997.]

My short fiction has appeared in The Sewanee Review, The Colorado Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, The Florida Review, Ploughshares, The Chattahoochee Review, and Shenandoah. It has won a PEN/Syndicated Fiction Award, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. One of my short stories [“Banana Boats”] appeared in Best American Short Stories 1988. My first novel, Come and Go, Molly Snow, was published in February 1995 by W.W. Norton & Company Inc. and reissued in paperback in June 1996 by Avon. It is currently under option for an ABC Movie-of-the-Week. I was a featured reader after its publication at The Manhattan Theater Club. A collection of my short fiction, How She Knows What She Knows About Yo-Yos, will be published in December by Sarabande Books.

I live on a farm on the Harrison-Scott County line with my husband, James Baker Hall, three gray cats, an aged Labrador retriever, and a puppy who turned up here last Thanksgiving.

Mary Ann Taylor-Hall
July 20, 1999


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