Jane Ciabattari is the author of two critically acclaimed short story collections: "California Tales" and "Stealing the Fire" (Kirkus Reviews: "Ciabattari is a master of transformation as she gives these stories of loss, woe, crisis and collapse the salutary and sometimes bracing qualities of plain good fiction"), selected for the Dzanc Books rEprint Series, May 2013. Her short stories have been published in Long Island Noir, edited by Kaylie Jones (Akashic Books, 2012), The Literarian, the online publication of the Center for Fiction (edited by Dawn Raffel), KBG Bar Lit, LOST magazine, Chautauqua magazine, Literary Mama, VerbSap, Ms. Magazine (nominated for O.Henry and Pushcart awards), The North American Review, Denver Quarterly, Hampton Shorts (which honored her with an Editors' Choice Award), The East Hampton Star, Blueline, Caprice and Redbook, which nominated her for a National Magazine Award. Her story "Payback Time" (see link) was a Pushcart Prize "special mention." Her story "How I Left Onandaga County," appears in the anthology "The Best Underground Fiction" (November 2006,Stolen Time Press) and also was a Pushcart Prize special mention, as was her story "MamaGodot," which appeared online in Verbsap and in the summer issue of Chautauqua magazine.
She serves as vice president/online of the National Book Critics Circle, in charge of the Critical Mass blog and social networking. (She served as NBCC president from 2008 to 2011.) She is on the advisory board of The Story Prize. She was a judge for The Story Prize ($20,000 for the best short story collection of 2012, awarded in March 2013), head judge for the 2013 Overseas Press Club Ed Cunningham Award for magazine reporting from abroad, and judge for flash fiction for the 2013 Press 503 awards. She served as an executive board member and officer of the Overseas Press Club for nearly twenty years, and is former board chair of Women's eNews, the daily online news service; a past president of the Women's Media Group, and a member of the Authors Guild, PEN and The Century Association.
Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, Bookforum, NPR.org, The Daily Beast, Salon.com, the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, Ms., Poets & Writers Magazine, The East Hampton Star, Kirkus Reviews, Threepenny Review, Psychology Today and the Columbia Journalism Review. Ciabattari has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has been associate faculty at Bennington's Low-Residency MFA program,taught at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois (where she was Distinguished Writer in Residence/Visiting Professor of English in Fall 2005), Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, New York University and at numerous writers' conferences, including the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Borderlands (Tenants Harbor, ME), Foothill College Writers Conference (July 2009), and the Taos Summer Writers Conference (July 2010 and 2011). She also is a frequent fiction writer in residence at the Chautauqua Institution's Writers' Center. She was Life of Letters Lecturer at Bennington's Graduate Writing Seminars in January 2012.
Ciabattari was a longtime Contributing Editor to Parade magazine and has worked as Managing Editor of California Living, the Sunday magazine of the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle; managing editor of Redbook, editor in chief of DIAL, the public television magazine; Senior Consulting Editor in Fiction at McCall's, and as a reporter and columnist for the Montana Standard in Butte, Montana. For Parade she traveled widely (Havana,Hong Kong, Marrakech, Paris, Prague, Rome, Shanghai) and interviewed hundreds, including Sherman Alexie, Isabel Allende,Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Jimmy Carter, John Cusack, Michael Douglas, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Sylvester Stallone, Margaret Thatcher, Emma Thompson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Renee Zellweger.
Ciabattari was born and raised in Emporia, Kansas. She began her writing career as a high school columnist for The Emporia Gazette. She studied creative writing at Stanford University (B.A.) and San Francisco State University (M.A.). With her husband Mark, who also is a writer, she divides her time between Sag Harbor, NY, and Sonoma County, CA.