Tammy Setzer Denton - Biography - St. Charles, MO
Tammy Setzer Denton - Writer
Tammy Setzer Denton caught the writing bug at the age of twelve when her scathing letter to the editor was published in TV Guide. With that, the die was cast.
In addition to TV Guide, she has been published in the "Fugue", the Center for Women’s Studies Literary Journal at Saint Louis University. She is also a contributing author to Six Word Memoirs of Love & Heartbreak published in February of 2009. From 2008 to 2009, she was an Opinion Shapers columnist for the St. Charles Suburban Journals which is a subsidiary of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her work has also appeared in an “Anthology of Student Works” at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her short story, "Macchiato Memoirs" was selected as the story of the day at Every Day Fiction in April of 2012. In 2013, she shortlisted for the Small Axe Literary Competition. She is currently a free lance writer and is working on her second novel, Spared Parts, as well as a profusion of short stories.
As a thirty-three-year-old college freshman, Tammy learned Spanish and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Spanish Literature at Saint Louis University. During her time at SLU, she had the privilege of studying formally in Spain. Between semesters, she traveled and studied informally in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
In addition to teaching Spanish at all levels of the curriculum, Tammy has also taught English as a Second Language which has greatly expanded her circle of international friends.
She is currently a member of two critique groups, and makes point of attending as many writing workshops and classes as she can afford including some in Iowa City, St. Louis, and Portland. She describes her work as cultural ventriloquism with a literary edge.
Her literary influences have been many although Miguel de Unamuno and Erskine Caldwell rank among the most influential due to their ability to tell a profoundly moving story succinctly. Both these authors transcend the storyline and plot to give us characters that linger long after the final page has been read. It is Tammy’s sincerest wish that her own stories do the same.
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