Jane Hertenstein
920 W. Wilson
Chicago, Illinois 60640


1982                           Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, BS


2018                            Cloud of Witnesses, Golden Alley Press, FALL 2018
2017                            Flash Memoir: Writing Prompts to Get You Flashing
2015                            365 Affirmations for the Writer
2013                            Freeze Frame: How to Write Flash Memoir

1999                            Beyond Paradise
YA Fiction published by Morrow about life in the Philippines during World War II. Partly based on true accounts of Americans interned during this time. Received reviews in: Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books (BCCB). PBS Teacher Source recommended book.

1998                            Orphan Girl: The Memoir of a Chicago Bag Lady
A heart-breaking account of Marie James. Favorable reviews in Booklist, Publishers Weekly (Notes), and Library Journal. Orphan Girl was a featured book review in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Book Section. Articles regarding the book appeared in the Chicago Reader and American Bookseller. Local radio: WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio) and WGN (Extension 720 w/ Milt Rosenberg). Local TV: ABC Morning Show.

1995                            Home is Where We Live: Life at a Shelter Through a Young Girl’s Eyes
A children’s picture book about what it is like to be a child living at a homeless shelter in Chicago. Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and School Library Journal. Local radio: WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio), WNUA (Point of View), and WGN (Jackie Runcie Show). Local TV: WMAQ/NBC evening news feature with Renae Ferguson. An article regarding the book also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Metro Chicago section.


“Shelter in Place” Winter 2020, Funny Pearls
“Big Thompson” Fall 2019, THINK Journal
“Museum of the Mall” Spring 2019, Colere
“Missed Connections” Winter 2019, Spitfire Literary
“Seeking Asylum” Summer 2017, Ocotillo Review
“Delivery Man” Spring 2017, Watershed Review
“Ordinary Time” Winter 2016, issue 95, Arlington Literary Journal, known as ArLiJo
“In Her Garden” Spring 2016, Pennyshorts
“Marathoner” Spring 2016, Firefly Magazine
“Roadkill” December 2015, Fiction on the Web
“Un Espiritu Libre” Spring 2015, Writing for Peace
“Heartbreak Wall” Winter 2015, PMS
out Winter of 2019/2020 25th Anniversary Edition, a reprint of Exit 24
“Vigeland Park” Spring 2013, The Red Line
“Never Forget" Fall 2011, Foliate Oak
“I'm Lying to You” Spring 2011, Greensilk Journal
“Cloud of Witnesses” Hunger Mountain, Spring 2010
“How Poor People Get Money” Steam Ticket, Spring 2010
“Bitter Fruit” Fall 2009, The Write Room
“Freeze Dance” Winter 2009, Word Riot
“In Her Garden” Fall 2008, Tonopah Review
Cantaraville, issues 12, 9, 7, 5
“Wild Mushrooms” Fall 2008, Rosebud


“Can't Hold a Candle to This,” Fall 2020, (y)Syndrome
“Ashes to Ashes” and “Her Time,” Dec, 2019, Jan. 2020, Little Old Lady (humor)
Obsolete,” Fall, 2019, Erma Bombeck blog out of University of Dayton
“Revenge”, 2019, HoneyBee Review
“Kickstarter”, March 2019, Ink Sweat & Tears
“Celebration of Life”, Spring 2018 Vassar Review
“Entrepreneur”, March 2018, Fiftywordstories
“7 Stages of Replacing Things” Jan. 2018, Tenderness, yea
 “Arriving at Night”, Dec. 2017, Ink & Letters NOMINATED for Pushcart
“Catching Up” Nov. 2017, Sunlight Press
“Never Too Late”August 2017, Fiftywordstories
“The Note in the Lobby”Spring 2017, Spelk Fiction
“eMatch,” Winter 2017 Carbon Culture print
“Collage” Winter 2017, The VignetteReview
“The Machine Has no Clothes” (reprint), Autumn 2016, Tigershark Publishing
“Granny's Pockets,” Summer 2016, Friday Flash Fiction
“Summer of the Seventeen-Year Locust,” Summer 2016, The Vignette Review
“City of Love,” Summer, 2016 Bop Dead City
“Untitled” June 2016, Gay Flash Fiction
“Nighttime at the Tennis Courts,” "Cremains,”Spring 2016, Chicago Literati
“Lincoln's Bed,” Summer 2015, After Hours
“The Machine Has No Clothes” Spring 2015, Carbon Culture
“4th of July Anarchy (Foster Beach)” Spring 2015, After Hours
“Stuff” Spring 2013, Thrice Fiction Magazine
“After” Spring 2013 EMdash Literary
“Untitled” Winter 2013, The Blue Hour
“Before the World Changed” (reprint) Winter 2012/2013, The Fine Line
“Three Doors” Fall 2012,  American Athenaeum
“The Arrowhead” Fall 2012, Kentucky Flash
“Untitled” AWP Post Card Winner 2012, Bluestem Magazine
“Untitled” Spring 2012, Freshly Hatched, the online journal of Freerange Nonfiction
“Before the World Changed” Winter 2011/2012, Linguistic Erosion (Flash Fiction w/out Boundaries)
“Standing Stones” Winter 2011/2012, Writers Haven
“Goldabelle” Spring 2011, Six Minute Magazine
“Young and Dumb” Summer 2009, Flashquake


“In Early August Among the Spruce,” Fall 2020, New Critique
“Tiny, Little Horrors,” Winter 2020, Blue Pages Journal
“Bright Invisible” an excerpt, Fall 2019, Utterance Journal
“Examples of Synchronicity”, Summer 2018, Rejected Manuscripts
“Parking Lots--flash series” Summer 2017, Sleet
“100 Things for Women Writers to Consider,” Minola Review, Spring 2017
“Centerville, Ohio” January 2017, Fiftywordstories
“Mom's Fruitcake”, Summer 2016, Friday Fiction
“The Concession Stand is Now Open,” Summer 2016 Silver Birch Press
“Fungus Among Us,”August 2015 Liars' League NYC
“Treasures in the Sand,” July 2015, Mothers Always Write
“Herbie,” Spring 2014, The Flexible Persona
“Night of the Comet,” Spring 2013, Wordland (What They Saw in the Night Sky)
“The Lies We Tell Ourselves”, Spring 2013, The Shine Journal (Journeys Through Grief)
“Tupperware Forever” Spring 2013, The Golden Key
“Ostrog Monastery,” Fall 2012, About Place Journal (Peaks and Valleys issue),
“Seeking the Elusive,” Fall 2012, Ruminate
“Wrigley Dogs”, Fall 2012, Feathertale,
“How I Met My Husband”, 2012, bioStories
“That Which I Should Have Done (I Did Not Do)”, Spring 2012, Adroit Journal
“Google Earth” Spring 2011, Fiction Fix
“The European Schedule” Winter 2009, Frostwriting


“Rustic Pears” Porcupine Chapbook, Lost Sparrow Press, Fall 2017
“Multiple Facebook Personalities” Vagabonds: Anthology of the Mad Ones
“Tattoo Baby” Cellar Door
“Before the World Changed,” Winter 2013/2014, Until the End Anthology
“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” 2013, KY Christmas, OFFBEAT CHRISTMAS STORY
“The Arrowhead,” KY Stories 2012, FLASH
“Sense of Smell” Spring 2012, IMPACT: A Collection of Short Memoir
 “Wild Mushrooms” Fall 2012, Fungi Anthology

Professional Experience

2021                            Accepted into Story Studio Novel-in-a-Year Program
2017                             Member of Society of Midland Authors
2013                             Grant, Illinois Arts Council
2011                             Grant, Illinois Arts Council
2011                             Grant, CAAP from Chicago Dept. Tourism
2008-2010                   Illinois Artists Roster
2000 - present              member of Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
2006 -2021              Chicago city SCBWI network rep
2008                            Pilcrow Literary Festival, Chicago: YA writers panel
2000                            Festival of Faith & Writing, Calvin College, panel: Presence of the Spiritual in Children's Literature
Awards/Residencies/Conference Scholarships

2017                            ARTweek at Great Spruce Head Island
2014                            artist residency Cape Cod Dune Shack (Peaked Hills Bars Historical District)
2013                            partial scholarship Whole-Novel Workshop Highlights Foundation
2012                            Honorable Mention Glimmertrain May 2012
2012                            Prose finalist Guild Literary Contest
2012                            AWP Postcard winner, Bluestem
2012                            Artist Residency, Blueberry View
2011                            quarterfinalist in Amazon YA Query contest
2011                            selected to take part in A Room of Her Own Writer's Retreat
2011                            AIR, Starry Night, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
2010                            full scholarship, Highlights Foundation Writer’s Conference
2008-2010                   Select Artists Roster, Roster Artists are certified by the Illinois Arts Council to work in public schools introducing young people to the arts.
2008                            scholarship, Green Mountain Writers’ Conference
2006                            Amanda Davis Award, Wesleyan Writers’ Conference
2006                            grant, Cultural Affairs Department of Chicago
2005                            semi-finalist in Guild Complex Fiction Open Mic
2002                            waitstaff, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
Teaching Experience

2019                            Auto-Fiction and Memoir, OCWW, Winnetka, IL
2017                            Holiday Flash seminar OCWW, Winnetka, IL
2016                            Writing Still Life seminar, OCWW, Winnetka, IL
2014                            Vignettes seminar OCWW, Winnetka, IL
2013                            "Flash Memoir" seminar at OCWW, Winnetka, IL
2010                            Winter, J-Term Huntington College, Memoir Writing
Related Work Experience
1993 - 2000                 copy editor, editor in chief, publicity and marketing for non-profit publishing house, Cornerstone Press
1984 - 1992                 copy editor and advertising director for non-profit magazine, Cornerstone

Community Service

2011 - present              oral interviews with residents, Friendly Towers (senior living facility)
2005 - 2014                 instructor of creative writing for women residents at homeless shelter
2002 - 2008                 founder and director of the Prairie School of Writing
1982 - 1984                 tutored low-income children in remedial reading on north side of Chicago