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Biography This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By MarleeFox, Annapolis, MD

Inspiration:

When she was nineteen, she spent an hour and eight minutes looking at a blank piece of paper. During that time, her phone rang twice. If she hadn't looked up in the following two minutes, her roommate would have spent thirty-four seconds building up the courage to tap her shoulder.

Interaction:

In kindergarten, she was asked to share a word with the class that started with an S. She wouldn't go to the front of the room or even stand up, but instead wound her ring finger around a loose thread in her corduroy pocket and whispered, “Stradivarius.”

Family:

When her mother died, they found a shoebox in her closet full of unopened and untouched valentines.

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