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Marilyn Abildskov

Marilyn Abildskov earned her MFA from the University of Iowa. She has published literary essays, short stories, and poems in such journals as Sonora Review, Quarterly West, Black Warrior Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Puerto del Sol.  A recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, two Pushcart Prize nominations, and other honors, Abildskov lives in Berkeley, California, and teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College.  The Sightline Books Series of The University of Iowa Press published her intimate travel memoir, The Men in My Country, in the fall of 2004Like the finest travel narratives, The Men in My Country, details the transformative effects travel has on the human heart.  At the age of 30, Abildskov left America to teach English at junior high schools in Japan.  She fell in love with the country and with three men in particular.  Of The Men in My Country, Terry Tempest Williams says, “Japan becomes a rich landscape of love and we accept this exquisite book as the gift of experience.  When T.S. Eliot speaks of transient beauty born out of sorrow, he was foreshadowing the writing of Marilyn Abildskov.”

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