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"Just this morning I found out about a stunning poet named Janet Mason, from reading her book When I Was Straight."--Robert Peters, interviewed in The James White Review

click here to learn about Janet Mason's readings and appearances

Janet Mason also provides marketing and editorial services - click here for more information

Tea Leaves: a memoir of mothers and daughters by Janet Mason (Bella Books April 2012) is now available -- click here for more info

read Janet Mason's latest piece in The Huffington Post --Chick-fil-A: What Would Gandhi Do If He Were Gay?


..."a combination of Adrienne Rich and Holly Hughes, or maybe Courtney Love and Joan of Arc."
--Denise Duhamel, the Chiron Review

Janet Mason is an award winning writer. Her literary commentary is featured on This Way Out, an international radio syndicate aired on more than 400 radio stations in the U.S. and also in Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. Her manuscript "Tea Leaves: a memoir of mothers and daughters" has been excerpted in The Advocate, Dutiful Daughters (from Seal Press) and Mom (from Alyson Books). Her chapbooks When I Was Straight and a woman alone are available through this website, click here.

Currently, she is working on a novel, and a published excerpt has been favorably mentioned in The Kirkus Review.

Her work has been published in more than sixty literary journals and anthologies, including the Brooklyn Review; American Writing; Chiron Review; Drive: Women's True Stories of the Open Road from Avalon Books; and Phoebe, a journal of feminist scholarship, published by SUNY. She has also been a frequent contributor to the Exquisite Corpse. Her poetry is included in THUS SPAKE THE CORPSE: AN EXQUISITE CORPSE READER, 1988-1998, edited by Andrei Codrescu and Laura Rosenthal, from Black Sparrow Press.

Janet has read and performed widely from Boston to New Orleans. For booking information or to inquire about bringing her to conduct a writing workshop, click here.

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Next class starting April 25th

Wednesday evenings  from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Taught by Janet Mason
Award-winning writer

You have a story to tell and you want to tell it to the world. Learn to tell your story - whether true or invented - through in-class writing exercises. This course includes exercises on writing your family stories, exploring the defining moments of your life and taking leaps between fact and fiction and breaking through genre. Discover strategies for sharing your story with the world from blogging to podcasts and publishing - including the traditional routes to doing it yourself with Print on Demand technology.

Instructor Bio:  Janet Mason is a teacher and author. She has written several poetry chapbooks (Insight To Riot Press); Hitching To Nirvana (a novel from Cycladic Press); and her book Tea Leaves, a memoir of mothers and daughter, will be published by Bella Books in early 2012.  She is currently at work on her second novel.

Course Fee                     $74.00
Day and Time of Course, W from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location of Course:  Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 100 E. Mermaid Lane



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