about jana

photograph by Jennifer May

Jana Martin is a fiction and nonfiction writer who lives on a small farm in the Hudson Valley with a number of dogs, a flock of chickens, and various other birds.

She's the author of numerous books and articles, including the acclaimed short story collection, Russian Lover and Other Stories (VerseChorusPress/YetiBooks, 2007), as well as Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Abbeville Press, 2000), and Great Inventions, Good Intentions: U.S. Design Patents, 1930-1945 (Chronicle Books, 1999). She also wrote Scarlett Saves Her Family (Simon & Schuster, 2000), a book about a hero mother cat who was rescued by a fire company in East New York. The book was excerpted in Cosmopolitan, featured on Oprah, Geraldo (don't ask), and other talk shows, and featured in magazines such as People and US. Her fiction has been published in Five Points, Glimmer Train, Spork, the Mississippi Review online, and other magazines; her nonfiction has appeared on the weeklings.com, and in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Chronogram, the Village Voice, and numerous publications. She has also contributed to a number of art and photography books, including Avedon: The Sixties, Out of Line, and an amazing, awardwinning book on the artist Ron Nagel.

A graduate of the MFA writing program at the University of Arizona, she attended Oberlin College and Hunter College High School, the penultimate training ground for nerds looking to infiltrate normal society.  She remains a fervent believer in justice for wolves and women and is working on a novel about the subject.
   Since she has been obsessed with vintage since dragging around the house in Mom's shoes and pearls, she also has a vintage shop, luncheonettevintage, to celebrate the stories things carry.

• contact: janawriter@gmail.com