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Marie Machado is a disabled veteran and a special education teacher of more than 20 years. Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, the city her great-grandfather Thomas Hooker founded, she has deep ties to that whole area, where some of her other ancestors also owned land at the time of exploration. Marie’s grandmother was a big inspiration for her as a child, a role later taken on by her parents, children, and grandchildren, as well as her faithful friends.


Marie has been writing books since she was 18, and poems since the age of eight. She started writing her first poem one summer sitting at her grandparents’ dining table at their farm. Her hobbies are collecting things, woodworking, reading, and writing. A recent family addition was Bubby, who is following in Tiger’s footsteps, the best friend anyone could ever have, the best dog in the entire world.

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