Bio

Bio 2016-12-24T06:46:59+00:00
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Janey Skinner is a fiction writer whose story “Carnivores” (originally published by KYSO Flash) was selected as a “winner” for the anthology Best Small Fictions 2016, edited by Stuart Dybek with Tara Masih. Her short stories have appeared in KYSO Flash and the anthology Law & Disorder: Stories of Crime and Conflict (2014).  She is working on her first novel, a quest for dignity in rural Latin America, told through the eyes of both a grassroots peace activist and an armed combatant in the war tearing apart the community they share.  This story draws on Janey’s experience working for human rights in the 1980’s and 1990’s in Mexico, Central America and Colombia. Not unrelatedly, the theme of dignity under duress is a frequent one in her writing. Janey also writes nonfiction, most recently several chapters in the 2nd edition of Foundations for Community Health Workers (Jossey-Bass, 2016).  In 2016, she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE. She attended San Francisco’s only juried writing conference, LitCamp, in 2013 and 2014 and the juried Napa Valley Writers Conference in 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature (Brown University) and a Master’s in Public Health (U.C. Berkeley).  She teaches at City College of San Francisco, and occasionally freelances as a consultant for nonprofits (writing, editing, training, facilitating and planning).

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