Jane's Stories Press Foundation

2018 Finalists for 
Jane's Stories Press Foudation
Clara  Johnson Award for Women's Literature
ZP Dala

 Zainub Priya Dala is a freelance writer and psychologist. Her debut novel What About Meera was longlisted for both the Etisalat Prize for Fiction (the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction) and the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize (South Africa’s biggest literary award). She has written opinion pieces for New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire, and Elle. In 2017, she received an Honorary Fellowship in Writing at the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa. She has lived and worked in Dublin and now lives in Durban, South Africa.
Connie May Fowler
An American novelist and screenwriter,  is most remembered for her semi-autobiographical book, Before Women had Wings. The popular work won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award in 1996. She has worked as a bartender, caterer, nurse, television producer, TV show host, antique dealer, and construction worker prior to beginning her literary career. Her work has been characterized as southern literature with a postmodernist bent. Born and raised in Florida, she received her bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa. An essayist, screenwriter, and novelist, her previous books include Sugar Rage, River of Hidden Dreams, and most recently Remembering Blue. Her 1996 novel, Before Women Had Wings, won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and was made into a successful "Oprah Winfrey Presents" TV movie. Remembering Blue won the Chautauqua South Award for Fiction. She and her husband are cofounders of the Connie May Fowler Women with Wings Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding women and children in need.
Terese Marie Mailhut

Terese Marie Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band. She graduated with an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Mailhot's background is Nlaka'pamux, part of the indigenous First Nations people of the Interior Salish language group in southern British Columbia. Her mother, Wahzinak, was a healer, social worker, poet, and radical activist, and her father, Ken Mailhot, was an artist and an alcoholic. Paul Simon, with whom her mother corresponded, based his musical The Caperman. ​Mailhot was Saturday Editor at The Rumpus and was a columnist at Indian Country Today,and she has been publisheed in GuernicaPacific StandardElleWest BranchBuzzfeedThe AtlanticThe LA Times, and elsewhere. She serves as faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts and she's a Tecumseh Postdoctoral Fellow at Purdue University.
Camille T. Dungy

Camille T. Dungy’s debut collection of personal essays, Guidebook to Relative Strangers (W. W. Norton, 2017), is also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award.

Her other poetry collections are Smith Blue (Southern Illinois UP, 2011), finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award, Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), winner of the American Book Award, and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006), finalist for PEN the Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. Dungy edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009), co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology (Persea, 2009), and served as assistant editor on Gathering Ground: Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (University of Michigan Press, 2006). Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Travel Writing, 100 Best African American Poems, nearly 30 other anthologies, plus dozens of print and online venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, VQR, Guernica, and Poets.org. Other honors include two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, two NAACP Image Award nominations, two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations, fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and fellowships from the NEA in both poetry and prose. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. She lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and child.
Jill McCabe Johnson

Jill McCabe Johnson's poetry book Diary of the One Swelling Sea (MoonPath, 2013), won the 2014 Silver Award in Poetry from Nautilus Book Awards. She has also written the nonfiction chapbook Borderlines (Sweet Publications, 2016) and the poetry chapbook, Pendulum, finalist for the Rane Arroyo Award and forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press. She serves as series editor for the "Being What Makes You" anthologies from the University of Nebraska Gender Programs, including the anthologies Becoming: What Makes a Woman (2012), essays and poems of pivotal life experiences that make us who we are today, and Being: What Makes a Man (2015), with meditations on the imperative: Be a man. Jill is the founding director of the nonprofit, Artsmith, and serves on the board of the Orcas Island Lit Fest. Honors include a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, a grant from Artist Trust, an American Academy of Poets Award, the Deborah Tall Memorial Fellowship from Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing, and serving as the Louise Van Sickle Fellow in Poetry at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln, where she earned her PhD in English. Jill teaches English and Creative Writing at Skagit Valley College in the San Juan Islands. She is dedicated to promoting equity among all humans and protecting the beauty and riches of our planet for future generations. Plus eating good food. These endeavors are not mutually exclusive.
Heart Berries
The Architecture of Loss
Guidebook To Relative Strangers: Journey into Race, Motherhood, and History
A Million Fragile Bones
Revolutions We Thought We’d Overcome
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