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A native of Lincoln, STEPHANIE KALLOS worked for many years in the world of theater as an actor and teacher before turning to fiction. She is a 1982 graduate of the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program. In an interview for Columns, the University of Washington alumni magazine, she said, "As an actor you inherit a tiny bit of text from the playwright and fill in the internals. That's all that novelists do. We are responsible for the prose part of the character and the dialogue as well, but the big release you get is the ability to dive into somebody's head. And that's the part of acting I liked the most — the inner life." Elsewhere in the Columns interview, she says writing fiction is like "cultivating a benign form of schizophrenia." She has been nominated for the Quill Award "Debut Author of the Year," the Raymond Carver Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of Broken for You (Grove Press, 2004), her first novel, which was chosen as a book club selection of NBC's Today Show. Sing Them Home, her second novel, is published by Atlantic Monthly Press.

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