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Jo Manning was born in New York City and received all of her schooling through undergraduate level there. In 1961, she applied to the Peace Corps where she met her husband who makes documentaries and independent feature films. Manning has degrees in English and Library Science, and was the founder and Director of the Reader's Digest General Books Library for over twenty years.

Manning has published fiction in a number of magazines. In 1996, her short story "By the Rivers of Babylon" was included in the Herotica 4 anthology published by Plume.

Manning's short story "Belvedere" was published by Regency Press in 1999, in A Regency Sampler.

Currently, Manning mans the Reference Desk and also teaches online computer searching techniques at Barry University, part-time, as she continues to write. [from Seducing Mr. Heywood (2002)]
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