Janis Owens is a novelist, memoirist, folklorist and storyteller. She is a native of old Florida, born in Marianna in 1960. She attended public school, and the University of Florida, where she was a student of Harry Crews’ Creative Writing Workshop and earned a degree in English with a minor in Southern history.
She is active in Florida conservation, oral history, historic preservation and dedicated to the celebration and preservaton of small town Florida life. She is by trade a writer, and the award-winning author of MY BROTHER MICHAEL, winner of the Chautauqua South Fiction Award for Best Novel, MYRA SIMS, THE SCHOOLING OF CLAYBIRD CATTS, and THE CRACKER KITCHEN.
Her next novel, AMERICAN GHOST, will be published in October with Scribner.
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I understand that I am getting perilously close to turning this into a Grief Blog, but before I progress to the giving-away-all-mama’s-yarn stage of Southern Mourning, I have to relate yet another moment of grace, which came at the hands of my dear friends Tricia and Burt, who drove down from Tallahassee in the withering heat to attend the funeral. Burt is an old Mayranna boy (in her career-girl days, mama once worked for his family at Gillis Insurance Company) and in lue of flowers, he brought me a giant zip-lock bag of chocolate-chip monster cookies. Click here to continue...