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Harry Mark Petrakis, American author. Recipient awards Friends of America Writers, Friends of Literature, Society Midland Authors, Carl Sandburg award, Ellis Island medal of honor, 1995, O'Henry award. Member Authors Guild, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Writers Guild American-West.

Background

Petrakis, Harry Mark was born on June 5, 1923 in St. Louis. Son of Mark E. and Stella (Christoulakis) Petrakis.

Education

Student, University Illinois, Champaign, 1940—1941. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Illinois, Champaign, 1971. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Governor's State University, Chicago, 1980.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hellenic College, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1984. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Roosevelt University, Chicago, 1987. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), American College Greece, Athens, 2004.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Indiana University, Bloomington, 2006.

Career

Freelance writer, teacher, lecturer. Teacher workshop classes in novel, short story. McGuffey visiting lecturer, Ohio U., Athens, 1971;writer-in-residence, Chicago Public Library, 1976-1977;writer-in-residence, Chicago Board Education, 1978-1979;Kazantzakis Professor, San Francisco State University, 1992.

Works

Membership

Member Authors Guild, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Writers Guild American-West.

Connections

Married Diane Perparos, September 30, 1945. Children: Mark, John, Dean.

father:
Mark E. Petrakis

mother:
Stella (Christoulakis) Petrakis

spouse:
Diane Perparos

children:
Mark Petrakis

John Petrakis

Dean Petrakis