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Welcoming author Marisel Vega with her new book: If I Bring You Roses.
Marisel Vera grew up in the barrio in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, where she was raised by Puerto Rican emigrant parents. One of six children, she was the first in her family to earn a college degree: a BA in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. She worked in public relations, writing and editing employee newspapers, newsletters, news releases, etc.
Vera studied writing with Paulette Roeske, Margaret Gibson, Jonis Agee, Rosellen Brown, and Cristina Garcia. Vera won the Willow Review literary magazine’s fiction prize for two of her short stories in 2000 and 2003.
In February 2011, Vera's current project, coming-of-age novel THE LIBERATION OF CARMELA LOPEZ, was adapted into play form and directed by her daughter, Alyssa Vera Ramos. It premiered at Northwestern University's Musseter-Struble Theatre and enjoyed overwhelmingly positive response.
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