Sklenicka, Carol 1948-

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SKLENICKA, Carol 1948-


Born December 11, 1948, in San Luis Obispo, CA; daughter of Robert Jame (a produce broker) and Dorothy (a secretary and educator; maiden name, Johnston) Sklenicka; married R. M. Ryan (a writer), June 21, 1979; children: Katherine Snoda, Robert Lewellin. Education: California State Polytechnic University, B.A. (English), 1971; Washington University, St. Louis, M.A. (English), 1978, Ph.D. (English), 1986. Politics: "What have you got." Religion: "Buddhist Episcopalian." Hobbies and other interests: Hiking, cooking, reading, travel.


Office—1422 East Albion St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Agent—Deborah Schneider, Gelfman & Schneider, 250 West 57th St., New York, NY 10107. E-mail—[email protected].




Authors' Guild, D. H. Lawrence Society of North America.


Annual Best Story Award, Sou'wester, 1979, for "Room Changes"; fiction fellowship, Wisconsin Arts Board, 1982, for "Clearance"; Summer grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1988; Wisconsin Arts Board travel fellowship, 1998.


D. H. Lawrence and the Child (literary study), University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO), 1991.

Stories, essays, and reviews published in Sou'wester, Confrontation, South Atlantic Quarterly, Iowa Woman, Military Lifestyle, Willow Springs, Clackamas Literary Review, Village Voice, America, Metro, Milwaukee, and Transactions.


Acting Our Age (novel about Vietnam); research for a literary biography of Raymond Carver.


Carol Sklenicka told CA: "My fiction has been inspired by the desire to put quiet lives in the forefront of a story, to play with point of view and glimpse things from an unusual perspective. My book about D. H. Lawrence focuses on his little-discussed child characters, while my novel, Acting Our Age, will tell the story of Vietnam from a homefront girl's perspective. In this one aspect I have been inspired by the stories and poems of Raymond Carver, though I would not presume to any claim to be in his league. I have admired his work since I first read it in the 1970s, and am now engaged in research toward a biographical study of his work."