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Arlene Avery Burke was born in Evanston, Illinois where she attended Evanston Public Schools graduating from Evanston Township High School in 1964. She holds bachelor and master degrees in education and taught elementary, junior high and high school for seventeen years. She has also worked as a consultant and supervisor with the Chicago Regional Program Chapter I servicing non public special education facilities in Chicago.
Ms. Burke retired from IBM where she worked as a senior client representative in the education industry for an additional seventeen years.
Her first work, Nothin' Like I Thought, published under emersonstreet books, is a creative nonfiction/memoir that brings a glimpse of a baby boomer's life and those of her girlfriends through their experiences, thoughts and reflections while coming of age in the sixties. The book is comprised of short, funny and inspirational vignettes based on real events and people's recollections of growing up and growing older. Her second work is Grandma's Fairy Tale Museum, co-authored with Phyllis McAllister Hamilton, a children's book written in verse which was published in 2009. It encourages
children and parents to explore the fairy tales again.
Her third work, a novel, Quid Pro Quo, is a work of fiction about a small minority business's effort to survive amid big city politics.
Future works include a sequel to Quid Pro Quo entitled The Beginning of the End, available fall of 2017.