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Jane K. Cleland writes plays about women who love the men they hate, noir and comedic theatrical examinations of women’s frailty when there’s a man involved. “Back to Jack” was selected for a reading by the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Additionally, she writes the multiple award-nominated and IMBA best selling Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series [St. Martin’s Minotaur], which has been reviewed as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans. “Josie” stories have also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Library Journal named Consigned to Death a “core title” for librarians looking to build a cozy collection, one of only 22 titles listed, along with books by Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Jane chairs the Black Orchid Novella Award, one of the Wolfe Pack’s literary awards, granted in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She is a past chapter president of the Mystery Writers of America/New York Chapter, and a past board member of the national organization. Additionally, Jane is the host of the Writer’s Room, a series of interviews with today’s bestselling crime fiction authors that appear on cable television and online.

Jane is on the faculty of Lehman College, part of the City University of New York system. She also teaches writing courses and mentors in low residency master’s programs at various institutions, such as Western Connecticut State University, and offers writing workshops as a guest author in various writing programs, such as Stonecoast College, Manhattanville College’s Writer’s Week, and MIT’s Endicott House’s Aspiring Writers’ Weekend.

Jane’s MFA is in Playwriting. She also earned an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.