Jan Steckel

Oakland, CA 94619

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

Mixing Tracks
(Gertrude Press, 2009)
, The Underwater Hospital
(Zeitgeist, 2006)
Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust
(Time Being Books, 2007)
, Favorite Poems Project
(Just poets , 2011)
, HeArt's Desire: A Poetic Complement to the Adobe Art Gallery Exhibition
(Lulu Press, 2007)
, I'm Home: What It's Like to Love a Woman
(iUniverse, 2005)
, Literary Potpourri
(Literary Pot Press, 2003)
, Oakland's Neighborhoods
(Mailman Press, 2005)
, What I Want From You: Voices of East Bay Lesbian Poets
(Raw Art Press, 2006)
, WomanPrayers
(Harper, 2003)
, Writers Digest Poetry Awards Collection
(Writers Digest Books, 2011)
Apparatus Magazine, Back Room Live, Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Bi Tribune, biMagazine, Border Senses, Canary, Coffy Time Blues, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, 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, 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
Laurel World Music Festival - Oakland, CA
, Poetry Diversified, World Ground Cafe - Oakland, CA
, Poetry Express, Priya Indian Restaurant - Berkeley, CA
, Rhythm and Muse, Berkeley Art Center - Berkeley, CA
, Silk Road Lounge - Oakland, CA
, Sweetie's - San Francisco, CA
, Word Beat, Mediterraneum Caffe - Berkeley, CA
, Works in Progress, Montclair Women's Cultural Center - Montclair, CA
Prizes Won: 
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

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 by
Full of Crow online literary magazine by Editor: Aleathia Drehmer

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Caucasian, Jewish
Prefers to work with: 
Any, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender
Born in: 
Raised in: 
Santa Monica, CA
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Last updated: Jun 24, 2011