About Me

Thanks for stopping by. The first thing you need to know about me is, I’m a writer. I’m crazy about writing. I’ve been writing stories, poems, journals, essays and plays since I was a kid and I have no intention of stopping. I’m always thinking up stories and I love it! I hope my stories are inspiring and that they help to make a positive difference in the world because I think that's really important.

I am the first and current Writer-In-Residence at Herman Melville's beloved Berkshire, Massachusetts home, Arrowhead. That means I have the amazing opportunity to write in Herman Melville's study and look out at the view that inspired his great work, Moby Dick.

I am also a teacher. I have a Master’s degree in Education and I have taught almost every grade level from kindergarten to University. I’ve taught regular subjects and some unusual subjects, such as Mandarin Chinese and ESL.

Now, I’m focusing on combining my love of writing with my love of teaching.

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For Kids

"You have no idea how inspiring your visit was! The kids could not stop talking about you! They wrote ALL afternoon. So much joy! Thank you for getting our kids to reconnect with their imaginations. I cannot tell you what a beautiful experience this was. You made a real difference." ~ F.C.D. PS 165, Queens, NY

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For Adults

"Jana, you were absolutely incredible! Thank you so much for coming! I loved your talk!" Missy Franklin, 5 Time Gold Medalist, 2012 London Olympics

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