SMITH, Marya. American, b. 1945. Genres: Children's fiction, Plays/ Screenplays, Advertising/Public relations, Essays. Career: Seventeen magazine, NYC, editorial assistant, 1967-68; University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, copywriter, 1968-70; Drucilla Handy Co., Chicago, publicity writer, 1970-72; freelance writer, Chicago, 1972-74; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Department of Communications, lecturer in magazine writing, 1976-77; freelance writer, Chicago, 1978-. Publications: Across the Creek, 1989; Winter-Broken, 1990; Hire Power (play), 1998. Contributor to newspapers and magazines.