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Janet Mitchell

Biography

JANET MITCHELL received her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Columbia University, where she was the Bingham Scholarship recipient.  Her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Pomona Valley Review, Gargoyle, anthologized in The Lineup: 25 Provocative Women Writers, The Brooklyn Rail, The Quarterly, and The Pomona Valley Review and has been optioned by Lifetime Television as well as by independent producers.  

She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California.  Here she won the John Huston Award for Best Director and a Paramount Pictures Fellowship. Her award-winning short film “How Does Anyone Get Old?” starring Mark Ruffalo  and Mina Badie was featured on IFC’s “Inside the Indies” and on NBC’s “Starwatch.”  The film has been widely acclaimed, including praise from directors Bob Rafelson and Ivan Passer.  Her educational video “Behind Closed Doors” won a Cine Golden Eagle and is currently being used in over 250 schools and domestic violence centers nationwide. 
  
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth, where she was awarded many honors, including Highest Distinction in English for her creative writing thesis.

She was born and raised in South Jersey, where her heart still resides.

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"An outrageous work of much-needed literary ambition" -- Ben Marcus

"These stories are a lot like dreams: wonderfully strange and disquieting, very funny when you least expect it, and chock-full of complexities to mine.  They are also beautifully rendered, highly entertaining, and original.  The Creepy Girl and other stories is an exciting debut collection, and Janet Mitchell is a laudable writer."
-- Binnie Kirshenbaum

"These energizing, sparklingly imaginative, at times downright visionary stories -- one about a woman who wants her mother stuffed and made pretty when she dies, others about mysterious metalogical creatures - form a necklace of deceptively childlike voices moving through an avant-gothic comos.  But the are as much, if not more, about the beauties of surprsing, rhythmic prose, as well, the syllabic stuff you can taste on the tongue."
-- Lance Olsen

“A master stylist” -- John Reed