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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Janet Desaulniers  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1954 in Kansas City, Missouri


Illinois Connection

Janet Desaulniers is Associate Professor of Writing at the School of the Art Instute, in Chicago, and lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Desaulniers is a fiction writer whose collection of stories, ''What You’ve Been Missing'', won the 2004 John Simmons Award. Her work has appeared in ''The New Yorker'', ''Chelsea'', ''TriQuarterly'', and ''Ploughshares'', among other publications. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an Emerging Fiction Writer of Illinois award, four fellowships and three finalist awards from the Illinois Arts Council, along with prizes from ''Glimmer Train'' and ''Ploughshares'' magazines, artist residencies at the Ragdale and Millay colonies, citation among the 100 Distinguished Stories of the year by the Best American Short Stories, and inclusion in the ''Pushcart Prize'' anthology and the recent ''Scribner’s Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction''. She has taught writing to prisoners, the elderly, literary and literacy groups, to Chicago schoolchildren and teachers, and to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Missouri, Northwestern University, and Carthage College. Currently, she lives in Evanston and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was the inaugural Chair of the MFA in Writing program and is an Associate Professor.

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-- Pushcart Prize, 1984 John Simmons Short Fiction Award, 2004 Iowa Short Fiction Award