Would it sound too gushing to say she was life-altering?
The September workshop, reading, and Q&A with Janet Desaulniers left students with so much to think about. If you missed it, you can still experience her work. A great place to start might be with the University of Iowa’s Ink Lit Mag, which published one of Desaulniers’ “miniatures” along with an interview and the wonderful “Tips for Young Writers.”
Janet Desaulniers’ fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, The North American Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications, and has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an Emerging Fiction Writer of Illinois award, four fellowships and three finalist awards from the Illinois Arts Council, along with prizes from Glimmer Train and Ploughshares magazines, citation among the 100 Distinguished Stories of the year by the Best American Short Stories, and inclusion in the Pushcart Prize anthology. Her collection of stories, What You’ve Been Missing, won the 2004 John Simmons Award. She has taught writing for over 30 years: to prisoners, the elderly, literary and literacy groups, to Chicago schoolchildren and teachers, and to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Missouri, Northwestern University, and Carthage College. She’s currently a Professor in the Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was inaugural chair, and at work on a multi-volume sequence of prose miniatures and images called The Between.