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Margaret HodgesMargaret F. Hodges, fiction writer, Portsmouth

Margaret (Peggy) Hodges, a free-lance writer, has made a living wage throughout her writing career by taking what some people might call "odd detours," while others might call her path, "a creative life choice." She has been a college teacher, theater box office manager, and a transcriber of medical records (x-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI reports for a large county hospital and teaching facility--a job that put her through graduate school).

Since graduating with an MA in Anthropology (with honors), graduate work in English and Playwriting, and a BA in Theater and English achieved in California, Illinois, and Wisconsin respectively, this talented fiction writer has been been a Director of Education at the San Francisco State University's Anthropology Department, at the Litchfield Historical Society in Connecticut, and a college teacher for the University of Maryland's Overseas Division, Navy Campus in Sigonella, Sicily where she taught undergraduate English and Anthropology courses to U.S. Navy servicemen and women. Living on the side of Mt. Etna for three years, she absorbed great story and book ideas which inform her current writing.

When she moved to New Hampshire, she became the Education Coordinator for the Manchester Historic Association from 1994 to 1998. Since then, she has returned to the work that put her through graduate school--this time transcribing medical reports in neurosurgery, physical therapy, family practice, urology, psychiatry, pediatrics departments for a professional data services company in Portsmouth. In a telephone interview, she said, "You name it, I've probably done it. Boy can I spell. And I type really fast."

During her employment at museums, she has published numerous education workbooks and activity books. Her short fiction, A Tourist Story, was published in Happy in 1996. Other published short fiction includes: The Sforza Horse, Daddy Mows the Lawn, Reeny's Mom, The Waite, and The Good Husband {awarded "First Prize" in Whiskey Island Magazine and "Honorable Mention" in the Boston Review Short Story Contest).

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