Bio

“There’s nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” …Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith

I have been a secret writer for most of my life. I finally came out of the closet about ten years ago. Through serendipity and the support of a writing group called WomanWords, everything changed. Sitting around my kitchen table with this group of talented writers, I began the writing life I always wanted and am working hard to make up for lost time.

I’m lucky.  I live in an area that has an abundance of good writers and a flourishing poetry community.  A perfect mix to hone my craft. My informal learning channel has been and continues to be the New York State Writers Institute who brings in the best writers and poets in the country to participate in seminars and hold readings. I’ve attended many writing workshops throughout the country and the Hudson Valley Writers Guild has many programs, workshops, and resources. So here I am ten years later having written four poetry chapbooks, my father’s memoir, and now I have finished this book.

Writing Standing on the Corner of Lost and Found has been a labor of love (well, most of the time). During the seven years it’s taken me to write and rewrite it, I was never sure whether it or I would be ready to say, it’s time.  Yet, here we are.

Publication List

Poetry Chapbooks:
Paternal Nocturne
Woman Sitting in a Café and Other Poems of Paris
Floating Islands

Java Wednesdays Anthology

Memoir:
I Am A Fortunate Man

Journals:
Chronogram, Poets Canvas, DuPage Valley Review, Byline, Women’s Synergy,
55 paperplates, Mom’s Literary Magazine, Knock, Willow Tree Poems, among others

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2 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Hi Jan – I’m friends with Judy Prest and when I saw her email about you, I said to myself, where do I know this woman from? I believe we worked together in Communications at Capital Region BOCES. Congratulations on your books – I must find them and read!

    • Hi Marcia!
      Of course I remember you! I think you were the first person I met when I started working at BOCES. I heard that you had moved to England. Is that true? If so, are you back? BOCEs seems an eternity ago.

      If you are interested in getting books, just let me know and they are also all on Amazon and local book stores.

      Thanks for writing! Jan

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