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Second grade, Miss Sirrine's class, Tanglen Elementary School, Minnetonka, Minnesota.Go to Midwestern Gothic's website and read Wendy's author profile that accompanies her story, "Trespassing," published in MG in April, 2015.

A former second grader (left), public school teacher and market flower gardener, Skinner earned her MFA in creative writing from Hamline University and now writes from Minneapolis, Minnesota—in the Upper Midwest. Her resume includes:

Writing: Writer with work appearing in professional educational journals as well as literary anthologies, websites, and magazines (Artist's Resume). Currently works as a contract writer for a children's hospital (Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare). Also the author of the book, Infinity & Zebra Stripes: Life with Gifted Children, published by Great Potential press. 2013 World Book Night giving away THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, by Sandra Cisneros to Ms. Seeley's ESL class, St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Teaching:  Adjunct faculty in the English Department at North Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Previous work: Writing Specialist in the Writing Centers at North Hennepin Technical College; over a decade as a K-12 and adult education reserve teacher in St. Louis Park Public Schools, specializing in ESL, orchestra, special education, and Spanish, 5th and 6th grade writing teacher; and creative writing mentor to young people.

Millenium Park "Bean" at the 2012 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Chicago.Advocacy: Speaker to parent and educator groups regarding gifted children in public school at local and state conferences, seminars, and workshops in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Creativity: Actress, violist, professional market gardener, film maker, photographer, potter