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Listen in to this episode of Writers’ Voices for a delightful interview with Mary Helen Stefaniak. “The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia: A Novel”, Stefaniak’s most recent book, takes readers from the American South to the banks of the Tigris River and back again. The book, which takes place during Depression-era Georgia, tells of what happens when a new, unconventional and well-traveled school teacher comes to town, deciding to revive the town’s annual festival as an exotic Baghdad Bazaar. The story is told from the perspective of eleven year old, Gladys Cailiff.

Mary Helen Stefaniak’s work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, The Yale Review, EPOCH and in several anthologies. Her other works include a novel, “The Turk and My Mother”, and a collection of short stories, “Self Storage and Other Stories.” She is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Monica Hadley is co-founder, host and producer of Writers' Voices on KRUU 100.1 fm in Fairfield, Iowa, a community low power radio station, and webmaster at

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