Janet Taliaferro Biography

Short Form Biography

Janet M. Taliaferro writes novels, poetry, and short stories. In broad-brush terms, her chosen subjects include abortion, incest, rape, alcohol and drug addiction, and more importantly, recovery and the influence of twelve-step programs, racial and religious tolerance, and war.

In previous lives she was a political activist and business owner and remains an avid Planned Parenthood supporter. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she received the Geoffrey Bocca Memorial Award for Graduate Writing.

Long Form Biography

Janet M. Taliaferro writes novels, poetry, and short stories. In broad-brush terms, she has written about alcohol and drug addiction, and more importantly, recovery and the influence of twelve-step programs, incest, racial and religious tolerance, abortion, and war.

In previous lives she was a political activist and business owner and has remained an avid Planned Parenthood supporter over the years. Janet graduated from Southern Methodist University and holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she received the Geoffrey Bocca Memorial Award for graduate writing.

She was born and raised in Oklahoma City, and in 1960 Janet and her husband took their three children to Virginia while he had a 1-year assignment in Washington—they stayed for 15.

Returning to Oklahoma after thirty years as a political activist and consultant, she took over a family business. Then in 1984 her writing career began.

Janet’s first novel, A Sky for Arcadia, was a finalist for the 2001 Oklahoma Center for the Book Award. She’s published a chapbook, Breaking the Surface; short stories and poems in The Northern Virginia Review, Fearless Book’s Touching, New Plaines Review, Deep Fork Anthology, Dream Quarterly International, and Tight; and poems on Robin Chapman’s Poem a Day Blog and Atticus Books Online.

Janet is again living in Virginia and is a member of American Independent Writers and the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.