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Jane Stories IV: Bridges & Borders Authors
Tabinda Bashir
Tabinda Bashir took up creative writing after retiring from her career as a doctor. Her stories have been published in Moon JournalThe Daily HeraldOasis Journal 2010, Oasis Journal 2011, as well as Pakistani magazines. She won the Daily Herald's Citizen's Award twice. She has a chap book, Turning Point. She and her husband emigrated from Pakistan to the Chicago area to be with their daughter. 
Susana Lang
Christine Swanberg, a former Pushcart nominee, has published several books: Tonight on This Late Road (Erie St., 1984), Invisible String (Erie St., 1990), Bread Upon The Waters (UW:Whitewater, 1990), Slow Miracle (Lake Shore, 1992), The Tenderness of Memory (Plainview Press, 1995), The Red Lacquer Room (Chiron Press, 2001), Who Walks Among the Trees With Charity (Wind Publications, KY, 2005), and The Alleluia Tree (Puddin'head Press, 2012). Her work appears in women’s anthologies such as I am Becoming The Woman I've Wanted, Pride and Joy, and Still Going Strong; and journals such as The Beloit Poetry JournalSpoon RiverCreative WomanEarth's DaughtersThe Louisville Review, and Wisconsin Review. Among her awards are the YWCA Leader Luncheon Award for the Arts, and the Womanspirit Award from Womanspace Center. The 2008 Poet's Market features an interview with Christine. A post-graduate with a Merit Scholarship from the Vermont Writing Program, Christine edited Korone: Women’s Voices and Moon Journal; founded the Rock River Poetry Contest; and judged many contests including Pen Women, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and Illinois Emerging Writers. Her column, Literary Hook, has been published in Rock River Times for several years. Christine is a writing teacher and mentor for museums, churches, arts councils, schools, conferences, and women’s organizations, and currently gives workshops at The Clearing. 
Christine Swanberg
Susanna Lang was born in New York and raised in college towns where her father taught in Kansas, Michigan and Connecticut. She has authored three books of poetry Even Now, (The Backwaters Press, 2008), Two by Two, (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Tracing the Lines, (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2013) and translated the poetry of Yves Bonnefoy. Also, she's been published in many journals like  New LettersLittle StarCafé ReviewThe Baltimore Review, Kalliope, and Chicago Review. As a longtime educator in the Chicago area, she has taught literacy and literature in grades 5-12, and led adult poetry workshops in public libraries and for organizations such as Northwest Cultural Council, Rhino Poetry Forum, Chicago Teachers' Center (Northeastern Illinois University), Academy for Urban School Leadership and The Writer's Center (Bethesda, MD).
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Maria B.
​Maria B. whose first published story, we are pleased to say, appears in JSIV. Maria lives in lake Zurich with her husband and three kids. She is a student and is working to get her pharmacist technician certificate. In her free time, she likes to read, exercise and spend time with her family.
Mary Hanford Bruce
​Mary Hanford Bruce, the chronicler of Dr. Sally's adventures in Africa, has published poems and stories in the United States, Brussels, Israel, Cameroon and Zimbabwe. The second edition of her poetry collection, Holding to the Light (Marjim Books, 2003), was released early in 2010. Dr. Sally's Voodoo Man  (Marjim Books, 2003) is her first novel, inspired in part by her two years as a Fulbright Scholar in Cameroon. This award-winning poet is Professor of English at Monmouth College, Illinois where she teaches Creative Writing. Also, Mary is working on her memoir about living in Post War Germany where her father was in the diplomatic service.
​Renny Golden
Glenda Bailey-Mershon
Born in Upstate South Carolina to a family with roots in the Southern Appalachians,  Glenda Mariah Bailey-Mershon is an American poet, essayist, novelist, cultural historian, and human rights activist.Born in Upstate South Carolina to a family with roots in the Southern Appalachians, she has explored in poetry and fiction her European, Native American, and Romani heritage. During her sojourn in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, she created Wild Dove Studio and Press, from which Jane's Stories Press Foundation sprang. After many years in St. Augustine, she now lives in the Carolinas again. "Live" being the operative word: She's an eloquent voice for feminism and all forms of civil rights. A writer, teacher, and mentor, she's been a rock for JSPF, serving as president from 2004 through 2010. Her published works include the novel, Eve's GardenBird Talk: Poems;  saconige/blue smokePoems from the Southern AppalachiansA History of the American Women's Movement: A Study Guide, and four volumes as editor of the Jane's Stories anthologies by women writers, including Jane's Stories IV: Bridges and Borders (Jane's Stories, 2013), which includes work by women in conflict around the world. 
Linda Mowry has been active with Jane's Stories since its founding, most recently as treasurer. She has helped edit and/or produce several chap books and served as a prose editor for the new anthology, Jane's Stories IV: Bridges & Borders. She live on a green farm in Northeastern Indiana with her husband John,  two lively cats and as many chickens.
Linda Mowry
Shobha Sharma
Shobha Sharma came to this country over thirty years ago with chemistry on her mind. After raising two boys, she found she had time and passion for writing. Some of her short stories and poems were published (one by Hachett Book Group a few years back) and also by Jane's Stories Press Foundation. She is currently the president of JSPF busy promoting the latest anthology Jane Stories IV: Bridges and Borders. When time permits, she is also working on her short stories and three novels.
Renny Golden's poetry book, Blood Desert: Witness 1820-1880, published by the University of New Mexico Press won the Women in Writing the West WILLA Literary Award,  2010-2011 and was named a Southwest Notable Book of the Year 2011. Her book ofpoems, Benedicite, was a White Pine Press finalist in 2010. Her poetry has appeared in International QuarterlyThe Poetry ReviewExplorations, University of AlaskaWisconsin ReviewDagwoodWest End; and Calyx. Her work was also featured in Irish Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present, edited by Daniel Tobin.
Edna Harris is a graduate of Kendall College, Chicago, Illinois. Originally a native of Liberia, West Africa, she was employed by Northwestern University Upward Bound, and Evanston/Skokie School District for 21 years. Jane's Stories IV: Bridges and Borders is her first publication.
Edna Harris
Sheryl Clough
Sheryl Clough holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She tought literature and composition at UAF and Seattle's Highline College, and taught three summer terms for Alaska Native youth in the Upward Bound and Della Keats programs in Alaska. Sheryl's poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, interviews and travel writing are widely published in journals and magazines. She is a Founders Circle member of Soundings Review and 2010 winner of the William Stafford Award from the Washington Poets Association.She is the editor of the poetry anthology Surrounded: Living With Islands Ring of Fire, Sea of Stone and author of the prize-winning chapbook Ring of Fire, Sea of Stone.
Bette Lynch Husted
Bette Lynch Husted of Pendleton, Oregon has published two collections of memoir essays: Above the Clearwater: Living on Stolen Land (OSU Press 2004) and  Lessons From the Borderlands (Plain View Press 2012) as well as the poetry collection At This Distance (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2010). Her essays, poems, and stories have appeared in Northwest Review; Fourth Genre; UTNE; Prairie Schooner; Oregon HumanitiesNew Poets of the American West, and elsewhere. She was a Fishtrap Fellow and received a 2007 Oregon Arts Commission Award. 
Tamara Sellman
Tamara Sellman's most recent work appears in Fault LinesAlimentumConversations Across BordersRose Red ReviewFrictionNaugatuck River ReviewOpen Road Review, and the anthology Penumbra. Her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and her novel, The Borderland, is a Pacific North West Writers Association literary contest finalist for 2012. A former writing coach and anthology editor, she is now pursuing a career in polysomnography. She lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington and is the mother of two teenagers who are published poets in their own right.
Lentje "Leny" Kaltenekker
Leny Kaltenekker is a retired nurse now living in St. Augustine, Florida. She writes in both English and Dutch. She likes to call herself an "occasional poet" because she frequently writes poems for special occasions.
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Constance Adamkiewicz

​Constance Vogel Adamkiewicz is the author of one poetry collection, Caged Birds, and two chapbooks, The Mulberry and When the Sun Burns Out. More than 150 of her poems have appeared in literary journals and online, and one was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. After teaching English and creative writing for many years, Constance now enjoys gardening, travel, reading, and taking various courses in which she’s interested. She and her husband adopted a British domestic shorthair cat named Brenda, who enjoys birdwatching from her throne on top of the sofa.
Georgia Ann Banks-Martin
Georgia Anne Banks Martin 's poetry appears in: African-American ReviewAfter Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery after life Shattering EventsFieralingueMöbius: The Poetry JournalPearl MagazinePrick of the SpindleThanal OnlineUp the Staircase; and Xavier ReviewRhapsody for lessons learned or Remembered a collection of ekphrastic poems published by Plain View Press; and Jane's Stories IV: Bridges and Borders. She and her husband, Roger D. Martin currently live in Montgomery, AL with their dog, Gargoyle and their two lovely cats: Nikkie, and Socks
Jaimee Wriston Colbert
Jaimee Wriston Colbert  is the author of a novel, Shark Girls, from Livingston Press in November, 2009; a linked stories collection, Dream Lives of Butterflies, which won the gold medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Awards; a novel in stories, Climbing the God Tree, winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize; and the story collection Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile, winner of the Zephyr Publishing Prize.Her stories have appeared in numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Tampa Review, Connecticut Review and New Letters, broadcast on "Selected Shorts," archived in "New Letters on the Air," and anthologized. Three recent stories won the Jane’s Stories National Short Story Award; the Isotope Editors’ Fiction Prize; and the Ian MacMillan Fiction Prize.
Ginny Lowe Connors
Ginny Lowe Connors is an English teacher in West Hartford, Connecticut. She likes to believe that her students keep her young. They challenge her, exhaust her, entertain her, and give her hope for the future. Her husband Marty also teaches, and they have four grown children. Ginny was named “Poet of the Year” by the New England Association of Teachers of English. A board member of the Connecticut Poetry Society, she also runs a small poetry press, Grayson Books. She is presently the Poet Laureate of the town of West Hartford, Connecticut. She has authored the collection Barbarians in the Kitchen (Antrim House Books, 2005), and a chapbook Under the Porch (Hill-Stead Museum, 2010). She’s also edited several poetry anthologies. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, and numerous poetry awards have come her way, including Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition Prize. 
Alice Friman
Alice Friman's fifth book of poetry is Vinculum, (LSU Press). Previous books include: The Book of the Rotten Daughter (BkMk Press, 2006), and Zoo  (University of Arkansas Press, 1999). She has received fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bernheim Foundation. Among her prizes are a 2012 Pushcart Prize, the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Poetry, the 2001 James Boatwrigt Prize from Shenandoah, plus three award from the Poetry Society of America. Her poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2009The Georgia ReviewGettysburg ReviewNew Letters, and many other publications. Anghologized widely and published in thirteen countries, she was Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis from 1973 to 1993 and is now Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College & State University. Her new poetry podcast series is Ask Alice. (Google Alice Friman @ Georgia College.)
Joy Gaines-Friedler
​Joy Gaines-Friedler grew up in Oak Park, Michigan. She spent a great deal of her childhood in and out of the children's ward at The University Hospital in Ann Arbor. She traveled extensively with a band called The Midnight Special stopping in California for two years to attend photography school at The Artography Academy in North Hollywood before returning to Michigan. After two decades as a professional photographer, Joy enrolled in Oakland Community College. With the inspiration of amazing teachers she graduated with honors, including writing awards for both her academic and creative writing. 
​Ava Hu
Ava Hu's work has appeared in numerous poetry anthologies and garnered awards, most notably Poets and Writers magazine's Amy Award for best woman poet under 30. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, and has her masters in poery from the NEw School. Recent creative projects include a clothing line called avalove and making fingerprints on the scriptured floors of many well love well-loved yoga schools in the US.
Lynn Hutchinson Lee
Lynn Hutchinson Lee is a painter, muralist and multimedia artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. She is descended on her father's side from the Romanichal Lee family of England. As a child, she learned painting, printmakin, and puppet-making from her father. She has exhibited in Red Tree Collective's collaborative,  interdisciplinary and socially engaged arts projects throughout Canada and Mexico. She is a member of Red Tree, Toronto Roma Community Centre, and a founding member, along with Hedina Tahirovic Sijercic, of Chirikli Collective. In 2011,d Chirikli exhibited Canada Without Shadows/ Kanada  Bizo  Uchalipe, a sound installation, as part of Call the Witness at  Bak Roma Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice. Currently, Lynn is working on a new arts project with Chirikli Collective, Musaj te Dzav/ I have to leave.
Jocelyn Johnson 
Jocelyn Johnson essays and fiction have appeared in Life with Objects, Storyglossia, Salome MagazineLiterary Mama and elsewhere. Her short story ‘The Hasselblad‘ placed first in the Richard Bausch Short Story Contest, and is collected in Our Stories (Spring, 2012). Her work has placed first in the University of Virginia’s Art Museum’s Writer’s Eye Contest, been anthologized in Jane’s Stories Bridges and Borders, and received honorable mention in the E.M. Koeppel fiction award.
Dragical Kaldarŝ
Dragica Kaldarŝ was born on the 5th of February, 1958 ub Vršac/ Serbia. She studied at the Živa Jovanovic Academy to become a teacher. Dragica was one of the first teachers in the former Jugoslavia to teach Rromanes (the Rromani language). She taught Serbian to Rromani children and wrote numerous poems in Romanes. She self-published three books, Cherry BloomsPoems for Children and E Haleski Kometa (Hally's Komet) 2010). Since the tragic death of her son in a lightening storm in 20p009, shas not been able to continue with her writing or teaching.
Ellen LaFleshe's manuscript Women's Rites won the Philbrick Poetry Award and was published as a chapbook by the Providence Athenaeum in 2011. Another book Ovaria, was published by the Dallas Poets Community. She also won the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize for "Mirror, Mirror."
Ellen LaFlesche
Sandra Gail Lambert
Sandra Gail Lambert lives  with her partner in Gainsville, Florida – a home base for trips to her beloved rivers and marshes  – where she  blogs about her writing life.  In August of 2014, her first novel The River's Memory was published by Twisted Road Publications, Tallahasee Florida. Her work has appeared in The North American ReviewThe Alaska Quarterly Review, and Arts and Letters.  Her awards include a fellowship to Yaddo. She writes fiction and memoir. Excerpts of The River's Memory have have won prizes from Big Fiction Magazine and the Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest.  She writes fiction and memoir
Fran Markover
Fran Markover lives in Ithaca, New York where she practices as both psychotherapist and poet. HEr poems have appeared in CalyxSow's Ear Poetry ReviewRATTLE RUNESRed WheelbarrowKarmu and other journals. Her awards include a recsidency at the Constance Saltonstall Foumndation for the Arts, a United Arts Fund grant, and an Anna Davidson Rosenberg award.
Yolanda Nieves
Yolanda Nieves, born and raised in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, is an award winning poet, playwright, director, educator, actress and founder of The Vida Belle Ensemble. Author of two highly acclaimed poetry books Dove Over Clouds and The Spoken Body, (Plainview Press), Yolanda has been widely published. Her play, "The Brown Girls' Chronicles," won the American Educational Research Association's Dissertation of the Year  Award for Art-Based Research. 2010. and has nationally acclaimed and performed coast to coast. She is an assistant professor at Wright Junior College, holds two Masters Degrees and an EdD in Adult Education from National-Louis University.
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Pat Spears
​Pat Spears’s short stories have appeared in numerous journals, including the North American ReviewAppalachian HeritageSeven Hills Review, and anthologies titled Law and Disorder from Main Street RagBridges and Borders from Jane’s Stories Press and Saints and Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival 2012. Her short story “Stranger At My Door” received honorable mention in the 2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story competition and “Whelping” was a finalist for the Rash Award and appears in the 2014 issue of Broad River ReviewShe is a sixth generation Floridian and lives in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2014, Pat's first novel Dream Chaser hit the shelves; her second It's Not Like I Know Her came out in 2017, both published by Twisted Road Publications