Janet Kauffman

janetLGJanet Kauffman lives in Hudson, Michigan, where she farmed hay for many years before restoring wetlands on the farm, putting the land in a conservation easement and letting everything go wild. She works for sustainable agriculture with Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan and on watershed protection with the Bean/Tiffin Watershed Coalition. Janet taught writing and mixed media at Eastern Michigan University for many years. She has published 12 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and her stories can be found in numerous anthologies including Contemporary Fiction: 50 Short Stories Since 1970, edited by Lex Wilford and Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover, edited by Michael Martone. Most recently, she published Trespassing: Dirt Stories and Field Notes, a book that is half stories, half essays on the factory farm crisis in her watershed; and a chapbook, oh corporeal, a collection of poems centered on her father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s dementia, using many of his own words.