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About Jan

An Austin resident since October 2014, I’m a native of south Louisiana, the heart of Cajun country. Descendants of Acadians exiled from Nova Scotia, Spanish and French soldiers, Choctaw Indians and a lone Irishman, my family were farmers and oilfield workers. Most of them spoke Louisiana French as a first language — my dad understood English well enough when he wanted to but never spoke it unless he had to. I grew up surrounded by rice fields and gravel roads, which I roamed all summer. Those landscapes, those people, their accents and voices, permeate my work, which I hope can be seen in my collected short stories, A Long Night’s Sing & other stories.

I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing after studying with Robert Olen Butler and John A. Wood. I’ve published short stories, poetry, and nonfiction and earned prizes for my work as well as grants from the Louisiana Council of the Arts. In another professional life I was a paralegal.

I co-edit and publish Swamp Lily Review:  An Online Journal of Louisiana Literature & Arts. (We are not currently open to submissions.)

Member of Writers’ League of Texas, Austin Poets International, Women’s Fiction Writers AssociationShe Writes and Bayou Writers Group.

Journals where I’ve been published:  Concho River Review, New Orleans Review, Denver Quarterly, Louisiana Literature, A Small, Good Magazine, Oasis Journal (2007, 2008, 2009), Sweet Tea and Afternoon Tales (Gulf Coast Writers’ Association 2009 anthology); Magnolia Blossoms and Afternoon Tales, 2011 anthology by the GCWA.

Interests:  Writing, research, genealogy, reading, photography, learning to build websites.

Favorite Movies:  Casablanca, Raising Arizona, Some Like It Hot, Blade Runner, The Last of the Mohicans.

Favorite Music:  Classical, golden oldies, classic country, rock ‘n’ roll.