Janna reads when she brushes her teeth and writes in her sleep. When she couldn't find a literary magazine with the types of works she wanted to read, she created her own, which can be found at Lamplitunderground.com. She is a professor by day, beer geek by night and writer in between. When she wasn't traveling, she received a BA in English Literature and a BS in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington. After a bit more wandering, Janna moved to Wales to receive her MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. Janna's poetry and short stories have been published in Plastik Magazine, The Bitchin' Kitsch and Quail Bell, among others and one of her poems was just featured on a tote bag to support the arts in Wales through Made in Roath. Janna participates in open mic performances across the United States and turns to poetry, short story and literature even in her English as a Second Language classes and workshops with homeless teens. Some of her recent poems are currently being adapted to music. She loves the dark in lamplight, folklore and travel and is working on her first chapbook. Janna recently moved to NYC with her dog Bogart and her cat Myrna to join her partner Andrew. She is taking a semester off from teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University to explore New York's Alphabet City. Here, she is working on her first novel and as a freelance writer while she plans another international move.
Janna Grace in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?6 New York, USA
What do you love about Short Stories?They stay longer; a good short story stays forever. Novels and poems can sometimes get lost in the shuffle, but short stories give us that one perfect glimpse into a complete moment or action.
Do you write in other forms?Novels, poems, travel writing, journalism
What distracts you from writing?Self-doubt.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Reading, travel, craft beer, classic film, gitanas, adventures, people.
What is your favourite book?Out of Africa
Who are your favourite writers?Alice Monroe , Robert Louis Stevenson and Ted Kooser
Where is your dream location?Egypt or Cornwall
What one item would you put into Room 101?Self-aggrandizing.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Write for you first. The rest will follow when you are ready.
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