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Jan Steckel

Author's Bio

Jan Steckel is an Oakland, California writer, a former pediatrician, and a bisexual activist. Her poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) is available at http://www.zeitgeist-press.com. Her fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Bellevue Literary Review, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, Red Rock Review and elsewhere. Her work has won a number of awards and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her story "Mixing Tracks" won the 2008 Gertrude Press Fiction Chapbook Contest and will be coming out soon as a slender book from Gertrude Press. She works as a medical editor. You can find out more at www.jansteckel.com.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009), The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist, 2006)
Anthologies:
Favorite Poems Project (Just poets , 2011), Writers Digest Poetry Awards Collection (Writers Digest Books, 2011), Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust (Time Being Books, 2007), HeArt's Desire: A Poetic Complement to the Adobe Art Gallery Exhibition (Lulu Press, 2007), What I Want From You: Voices of East Bay Lesbian Poets (Raw Art Press, 2006), I'm Home: What It's Like to Love a Woman (iUniverse, 2005), Oakland's Neighborhoods (Mailman Press, 2005), Literary Potpourri (Literary Pot Press, 2003), WomanPrayers (Harper, 2003)
Journals:
Apparatus Magazine, Back Room Live, Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Bi Tribune, biMagazine, Border Senses, Canary, Coffy Time Blues, Connotation Press, flashquake, Full of Crow, Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, Ink Pot, Jewish Women's Literary Annual, Lavender Review, Literary Pot, Lodestar Quarterly, Margin, Margin: Exploring Magic Realism, New Works Review, Pedestal Magazine, Poetic Diversity, Queer Ramblings, Red Rock Review, Redwood Coast Review, Sage Trail Poetry Magazine, So to Speak, SoMa Literary Review, Street Sheet, Street Spirit, Subtle Tea, Suspect Thoughts, The Bottom Line Magazine, The Fence, The November 3rd Club, The Potomac, Triplopia, Writers Monthly, Zygote in My Coffee
Performances:
Silk Road Lounge - Oakland, CA (2009), Poetry Express, Priya Indian Restaurant - Berkeley, CA (2008), Works in Progress, Montclair Women's Cultural Center - Montclair, CA (2008), Laurel World Music Festival - Oakland, CA (2007), Sweetie's - San Francisco, CA (2006), Word Beat, Mediterraneum Caffe - Berkeley, CA (2006), Poetry Diversified, World Ground Cafe - Oakland, CA (2005), Rhythm and Muse, Berkeley Art Center - Berkeley, CA (2005)
Prizes:
Winner of the 2008 Gertrude Press Fiction Chapbook Award Finalist in the Spire Spring 2008 Poetry Chapbook Contest Nominated for Sundress's Best of the Net by poeticdiversity for my short story “Le Thé Dansant,” 2007 Winner of the 2007 Jewel by the Bay poetry competition sponsored by the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, judged by Susan Terris Third Place for Poetry in The Pedestal Magazine's 2006 Pedestal Readers' Awards for “The Underwater Hospital” Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Triplopia for my poem “Tiresias,” November 2006 Winner of Triplopia's 2006 Best of the Best Competition (open only to winning poems from other contests) for “Tiresias” Second Runner-Up in poeticdiversity's Prose Contest 2006 for my very short story “Le Thé Dansant” Third Prize in Artists Embassy International's Dancing Poetry Contest for my poem entitled “Haditha”, 2006 Second Place for Poetry in The Pedestal Magazine's 2005 Pedestal Readers' Awards for “The Maiden Aunts” Third Prize in the Bay Area Poets Coalition Contest 26 for my poem “Miserere Missouri,” 2006 Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by So to Speak for my nonfiction story “The Wild Boar Baby,” December 2005 First Honorable Mention in the Bay Area Poets Coalition Contest 25 for a poem co-authored with Hew Wolff entitled “What Are Your Line Breaks Doing For You?”, 2005 Third Prize in Artists Embassy International's Dancing Poetry Contest for my poem entitled “Abuelita (Grandmother)”, 2004 Finalist in the Blue Light Poetry Prize and Chapbook Contest, 2004 The Marguerite Rush Lerner Award for outstanding creative writing by a Yale medical student, 1992, for a collection of short stories

Jan Steckel Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Black Wine by Candas Jane Dorsey, Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, Persuasion by Jane Austen, New Yorker Magazine, Full of Crow online literary magazine by Editor: Aleathia Drehmer
Favorite Books:
Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon The Waves by Virginia Woolf Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Favorite Authors:
Thomas Pynchon, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, James Joyce, Jeanette Wintersen, Francesca Lia Block, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Federico Garcia Lorca, William Shakespeare, Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz.

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: June 24, 2011

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Caucasian, Jewish
Prefers to work with:
Any, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender
Born in:
Boston, MA
Raised in:
Santa Monica, CA

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