Jill Kandel

Creative Nonfiction Writer

P.O. Box 304
Moorhead, MN 56561

Author's Bio

I grew up in North Dakota and married a man from the Netherlands. We lived and worked in developing countries for ten years then returned to the northern part of the U.S. I write, teach journal writing to female inmates, teach essay and college prep. writing to high school students, and the joy of journaling to various women's groups.

Publications & Prizes

The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 On Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength (Kregel Publications, 2018)
The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey (She Writes Press, 2016)
Becoming: What Makes a Woman (University of Nebraska Press, 2014)
Best Spiritual Writing 2012 (Penguin, 2011)
So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village (Autumn House Press, 2015)
Apalachee Review
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Dust & Fire
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Minnesota Literature
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The Talking Stick: A Minnesota Literary Journal
Under the Sun
Prizes won: 

Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize.

Sarton Women's Literary Award in Memoir.

Missouri Review's Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Choice Essay Award Runner-Up. Magic of Memoir Essay Award 2nd Place.

Two Pushcart Nominations.

Relief Journal, Editor's Choice Award.

Carol Bly Award for CNF, Dust & Fire.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Abigail Thomas. Brian Doyle. Paul Kalanithi. Anthony Doerr. Lydia Davis. Dani Shapiro.

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Born in: 
El Paso
Raised in: 
Valley City, ND
North Dakota
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Last update: Oct 22, 2018