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Jan Pendleton has published more than 30 short stories in leading journals, including New England Review, Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Descant, Storyquarterly, Noon, Quarterly West, The Quarterly and Slice. During 2013, she was nominated for three Pushcart Prizes and received her MFA Degree from Bennington College. Pendleton was a 2007 tuition scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and won a Phelan award in poetry. You can view her list of publications and read a sample story.
Jan Pendleton's skillful stories evoke edgy, contemporary peril with an age-old mastery of plot and character; to read her work is to be reminded of Mary Gaitskill and Flannery O'Connor at the same time. It is rare to find a writer who can turn a series of beautiful sentences into a gripping, unpredictable, page-turning story. Pendleton is most definitely such a writer.
Jan Pendleton has the gift of vision, a keen eye to evoke vivid physical and psychological palettes. She also has the patience to weave them into a fabric of genuine empathy and sorrow.
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