Novelist, short story writer, and essayist Janice Eidus has twice won the O.Henry Prize for her short stories, as well as a Pushcart Prize, a Redbook Prize, the Acker Award For Fiction, and numerous other awards.
Janice's 2008 novel, THE WAR OF THE ROSENS, won an Independent Publishers Award in Religion, and was nominated for the prestigious Sophie Brody Medal, an award for the most distinguished contribution to Jewish Literature for Adults.
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Janice's latest novel, THE LAST JEWISH VIRGIN was published in the Fall of 2010. Read about it here. Marion Winik, NPR commentator, called it "Twilight... with a sense of humor, a brain, and a feminist subtext." JANUARY MAGAZINE named it one of the top 10 books of 2010. Buy it from Amazon.
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Janice's other books include the short story collections, THE CELIBACY CLUB and VITO LOVES GERALDINE, and the novels, URBAN BLISS and FAITHFUL REBECCA. She's co-editor of IT'S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL: AN ANTHOLOGY OF ROCK AND ROLL SHORT STORIES. Her books are available for order on the individual book pages.
Read Janice's blog at Mother U, My Mother My Writing: Turning Childhood Memories Into Fiction, and her interview with The Fiction Writer's Review
Janice grew up in an iconoclastic, dramatic Bronx Jewish family, and now writes and speaks frequently about issues of Jewish identity (sometimes with humor, and always with affection). Her work appears in such magazines as TIKKUN and JEWISH CURRENTS, and such anthologies as PROMISED LANDS: NEW JEWISH AMERICAN FICTION ON LONGING AND BELONGING; THE OXFORD BOOK OF JEWISH STORIES; NEUROTICA: JEWISH WRITERS ON SEX; and, SCRIBBLERS ON THE ROOF: CONTEMPORARY JEWISH FICTION.
Actively engaged in a lifelong love affair with contemporary culture, Janice has published in such anthologies as MONDO ELVIS; MONDO JAMES DEAN; and, IT'S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL: AN ANTHOLOGY OF ROCK AND ROLL SHORT STORIES. She's the Fiction Editor at SHAKING, the print and online journal.
Her writings about women's issues, and writer's issues, can be found in such anthologies as DESIRE: WOMEN WRITE ABOUT WANTING; DIRT: THE QUIRKS, HABITS, AND PASSIONS OF KEEPING HOUSE; SLEEPING WITH ONE EYE OPEN: SURVIVAL STRATEGIES FOR WOMEN WRITERS; and, GROWING UP FEMALE.
Janice is a frequent guest speaker and teacher throughout the U.S., Europe, and Central America, at a wide variety of venues, including Writers Conferences, Jewish Studies Programs, Women's Bookstores, Theaters, etc.
Janice offers private writing tutorials.
She holds a Master's Degree in Fiction Writing from The Johns Hopkins University. Born in the Bronx, she has lived in the Virgin Islands, California, Iowa, and upstate New York. With her husband and daughter, she now divides her time between New York City and Mexico.
Read Janice's New York Times essay, 'The Wanderer,' about her many moves.
To find out more about her, check out her News & Appearances and Interviews & Links pages.
Author photo in header by Denise Adler.