When I write, I revisit  the person I was, the people I knew, the world I lived in- all of which leads to seeing with fresh eyes the person I am now. I let the writer in me act as mediator, painter, juggler of worlds, finding the words, the bones, a way to reassemble and make sense of it all – for myself as well as the reader.  

I believe we are all the ages, all the lives we have ever lived.





Janice Gary is the author of Short Leash: a Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance (Michigan State University Press, 2013)., winner of the Eric Hoffer Prize, Nautilus Book Award and a Finalist for the Sarton Award for Memoir. She is on the faculty of the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Arizona State University and conducts memoir workshops throughout the country. Her work has been published in River Teeth, Brevity, The Spring Journal, The Baltimore Review, Ms. Magazine and others– and as part of the feminist anthology, Women Speak Out.

Janice is known for her dynamic memoir workshops, helping writers find the stories they need to tell and the tools to create art from life. She is currently at work on a memoir craft guide: Reeling in the Years: A Memoir Writing Guide for Boomers, Beginners and Anyone with a Lot of Life to Write.

She can be contacted at jgarywriter@gmail.com