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About Me

" ... A writer with a distinctive voice and an original worldview."

My novels include The War of the Rosens, The Last Jewish Virgin and Urban Bliss. My story collections are Vito Loves Geraldine and The Celibacy Club. I've twice won the O.Henry Prize for Fiction, as well as a Pushcart Prize. Other awards include The Acker Award for Achievement, an Independent Book Award, and The Firecracker Award given by the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses.

My fiction and nonfiction appear in such anthologies as How Does That Make You Feel: True Confessions From Both Sides of the Therapy Couch, The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories, 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11, Common Boundary: An Anthology About Immigration and International Adoption, Dirt: Writers on the Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House and Desire: Women Write About Wanting.

I'm a private writing coach, and I teach widely at such universities as Carlow University, the University of New Orleans, and The New School and at writers' conferences all over the world, including The Writers Workshop of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Sanibel Island Writers Conference and the Chautauqua Writers Conference.


Read an interview with Janice about her childhood, her creative process, and how she writes both fiction and nonfiction

Read an interview with Janice in which she discusses the progression of her work, online publishing vs. print, and her plans for her writing

Read an interview with Janice about her work as a writer and writing coach