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Performing antics for Marilyn (Aunt Norma Jeane) during our first visit. Detroit 1944. My acrobatics continued through high school and college. I love to watch the Olympics--gymnastics and figure skating and dance sport.



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BIRTHPLACE:

Born Pineville, Kentucky, July 18, 1939.

NAME:

Many think Miracle is a made-up name. Itís real and appears in the first U.S. census. It can be found in all its variant spellings on immigrant ship rosters. In parts of Kentucky the surname Miracle is more common than Smith. About 3,200 Miracles are listed in U.S. telephone books.

SOME PUBLICATIONS:

MY SISTER MARILYN, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1994. A family memoir of Marilyn Monroe, co-authored with my mother, Berniece Miracle. Now in several translations.

Published freelance non-fiction and short fiction in: TROPIC MAGAZINE/​MIAMI HERALD; HOME LIFE; THE EXECUTIVE EDUCATOR; MOVING OUT: FEMINIST LITERARY AND ARTS JOURNAL; MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIVING; THE BLACK COLLEGIAN, others. Awards: Five category winner--Florida Freelance Writers' Assn., others.

Published poetry in: MIDWEST POETRY REVIEW; HEAVEN BONE; RIDERS OF THE RAINBOW; others. Awards, Featured Poet, Judge--South Florida Poetry Institute. Guest Poet--Fla. State Reading Assn. Annual Conference.

Work in progress: WARM BODIES, a novel of Miami in the Seventies.


DEGREES AND ACADEMIC RECOGNITION:

B.A., English; minor Journalism--cum laude. Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
M.A., English; minor Journalism--commendation for creation of magazine, 5th in class of 500 Public Relations students, University of Florida at Gainesville.
Ed.S., Learning Resources (Library Science)--commendation for practicum report, 4.0/​4.0 academic achievement, Nova University at Ft. Lauderdale.


RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT:

Corporate training and publications at Jordan Marsh Department Stores. Manuals, training programs, handbooks, company news publications, PR releases, audio-visual scripts, curriculum guides.

Teaching Journalism, Creative Writing, English, Semantics.
Editing and writing for Broward County Language Arts Coordinator's Office.
Developed 11th grade English correspondence course for State of Florida.

Media Specialist.


SOME ORGANIZATIONS PAST AND PRESENT:

Chi Omega, Eta Delta chapter, University of Florida. Professional speech fraternity. Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Florida Freelance Writersí Association. Photography Society of Ft. Lauderdale. South Florida Poetry Institute. National League of American Pen Women. North Carolina Writers Network. Humane Society of the United States. Friends of Animals. Red Hat Society.


SOME AVOCATIONS AND INTERESTS THEN AND NOW:

Flying High Circus-Florida State University. Theater; studied with Lee Strasberg. Choral groups. Dog breeding; animal welfare; helper animals. SCUBA diving. Photography. Taking classes as a hobby, especially languages. Volunteer--Manna Food Bank.
Art; portrait painter.

Books by Mona

Non-Fiction
Marilyn Monroe's life with her niece (Mona),sister and mother. A loving family memoir co-authored with Berniece Baker Miracle. Includes a private collection of photographs. "...a highly literary, readable account." --The Bookwatch.
Novels
Whom can Wesley call upon for help in a cross racial marriage? Perhaps Bastet, the Egyptian goddess with the head of a cat. Perhaps twenty-three adopted cats. Perhaps his kitten of a granddaughter. Erotic, comic, tragic, redemptive, this 275 page novel follows Wesley's tribulations in Charlotte, San Francisco, Tokyo and Asheville.
Short Fiction
Eleven short works highlight women, men, teenagers and elders undergoing a fission experience. From Ice Age France to contemporary New York, their courage to explore a new path unites them.

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