Jane L. Carman

Fiction Writer

688 Knox Road 900 N, Box 117 Festival of Language
Gilson, IL 61436
Phone: 
309-368-7408

Author's Bio

Jane L. Carman is a former Sutherland Fellow, founder of the David Foster Wallace Conference, and MS and PhD recipient at Illinois State University. She is founder of the reading series Festival of Language and a reading eXperiment, as well as Lit Fest Press, all of which allow her to promote fellow writers and scholars and move literature in a forward direction. Her book, Tangled in Motion, was published by Journal of Experimental Fiction Books in 2015. Other creative and critical work can be found in elimae, 580-Split, American Book Review, Devil’s Lake, Pequin, Blue Collar Review, JAC, Santa Clara Review, and others. Carman continues to work with graduate students at multiple universities. Among other creative/critical projects, she is currently working on a book of suicide stories with Amy L. Eggert.

Publications & Prizes

Anthology:
Dirty: Dirty (Jaded Ibis Press, 2015)
Book:
Tangled in Motion (JEF Books, 2015)
Journals: , ,
Elimae
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Mixed Fruit
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Pequin
Prizes won: 

Iron Pen Award in Nonfiction. Midwest Writing Center. Davenport, Iowa. February 2017. First Place, “Narcissus.”

Iron Pen Award in Fiction. Midwest Writing Center. Davenport, Iowa. February 2017. Honorable Mention, “How to Remember.”

The Paul Somers Prize for Creative Prose. The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. Lansing, Michigan. July 2016. Winner, “Where Am I Who.”

Sundress Press 2011 Best of the Net.         Finalist, “Baby Stories.”

The Big Write Short Story Award. Galesburg Public Library. Galesburg, Illinois. April 2011. First place, “Dig.”

Carl Sandburg Poetry Competition. Carl Sandburg College. Galesburg, Illinois. April 2011. Honorable Mention, “Re:”

Iron Pen Award in Fiction. Midwest Writing Center. Davenport, Iowa. February 2011.

          First place, “Voices.”

Iron Pen Award in Poetry. Midwest Writing Center. Davenport, Iowa. February 2011.

          First place, “The Road.”

Iron Pen Award in Nonfiction. Midwest Writing Center. Davenport, Iowa. February 2011. Third place, “For the Love of the Story.”

Carl Sandburg Poetry Competition. Carl Sandburg College. Galesburg, Illinois. April 2010. Second Place, “What is It Good For?”

The Big Write Short Story Award. Galesburg Public Library. Galesburg, Illinois. April 2010. Second place, “My Girl.”

Iron Pen Award in Fiction. Midwest Writing Center. Davenport, Iowa. February 2010.

          Third place, “Language Barrier.”

Carl Sandburg Poetry Competition. Carl Sandburg College. Galesburg, Illinois. April 2009. First Place, “Predator.”

Edgar Lee Masters Poetry Contest. Masters Days. Lewiston, Illinois. June 2008.

          Honorable Mention, “Lewistown Lolita.”

Edgar Lee Masters Poetry Contest. Masters Days. Lewiston, Illinois. June 2007.

          Honorable Mention, “The Old Witch.”

Comprehensive Exam in Creative Writing Specialization. Illinois State University. Normal, Illinois. April 2007. Award of Distinction.

Carl Sandburg Poetry Competition. Carl Sandburg College. Galesburg, Illinois. April 2007. Honorable Mention, “Every Where.”

Edgar Lee Masters Poetry Contest. Masters Days. Lewiston, Illinois. June 2006.

          Honorable Mention. “Baby Girl Speaks to the Spoon.”

Carl Sandburg Poetry Competition. Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois. May 2006. First Place, “Spring Sestina.”

Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize. State University of New York at Stony Brook. 2004.

          Honorable Mention, “The World’s Biggest Fish.”

Carl Sandburg College. Galesburg, Illinois. April 2004.      Best Short Story, “The Bargain.”

Lois C. Bruner Literary Nonfiction Award. Western Illinois University. Macomb, Illinois. April 2003. First Place, “January.”

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Galesburg, IL
Illinois
Raised in: 
Yates City, IL
Illinois
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Last update: Apr 19, 2020