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In these powerful stories, What She Was Saying softens the already thin line between hope and hopelessness, between perseverance and despair, between what can and cannot be said. A finalist for several awards, What She Was Saying gives voice to the lives we all need to hear.

‍About the Author:

‍Sage Graduate Fellow of Cornell University (MFA) and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published eleven collections of poetry, four children’s books, and over 500 stories, essays, and poems in journals and anthologies. Co-editor with Jerry Wemple of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, she is the great grandniece of Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson.

‍Marjorie’s website


‍Audio Review on WPSU’s Bookmark

‍Review in the Englewood Review

‍Review at New Pages

‍Review at Thinking Through Christianity

‍Review at Living Our Days

‍Review at Mom Egg Review

Interview: Ross Cagenello talks with Marjorie about her exploits as a writer, teacher, and human being.


“Maddox has a gift for recapitulating the uncomfortable nitty gritty of life's circumstances as if it [were] common everyday language. . . .A definite read for those who are looking for an honest portrayal of life." 

— Anita Lock

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