Author Archives: Jana Martin

Jana Martin

About Jana Martin

Jana Martin is the author of Russian Lover and Other Stories (Yeti Books / VerseChorus Press), as well as numerous books of nonfiction, including Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Abbeville Press), Great Inventions, Good Intentions (Chronicle Books) and Scarlett Saves Her Family (Simon & Schuster). Her stories and short prose have been published in such journals as Glimmer Train, Five Points, Mississippi Review online, Spork, Willow Springs, and Turnstile, and her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Chronogram, Tucson Weekly, and many other publications. She is a former member of Eagle Valley Search Dogs, a K-9 rescue team in the Hudson Valley, and was for years a bass and guitar player and lead singer in various unsung punk and indie bands. She recently closed her Etsy shop to write a book about wolves.

5 Tips for Surviving as Female

How to not be exhausted, not be co-opted, not be groped, not be kidnapped, and not be silent during the first 100 days of the bastard Trump regime. Continue reading




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President Rapist: Women Under Trump

Never has a photograph of two women having tea been so terrifying.




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Mourning Becomes Leonora: For a German Shepherd

She is my walk through Brooklyn, my arm toss in the park, my sit on the stoop, my weekend up in the country, my never alone, my not going to die for such a long time it feels like forever, my Lee.




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Animal Smell

This is the story of not knowing but knowing, and of having the best song I wrote be like my own Fleetwood Mac’ing of our good and earnest little band. It did not really inflict endless damage, but it informed me, and so I suppose this is a bit like a confession and an apology and an admission, because good songs come from nothing less. – Jana Martin




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The Worst People in America: Dept. of Wildlife Services

If we are in the midst of the sixth extinction, we can credit the Department of Wildlife Services for hastening our fate. Responsible for the deaths of some four million wild creatures a year, this government agency has been in business of “wildlife damage management” since 1895. Yet it flies under the radar, killing animals with impunity.




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Life During Chickens

Jana Martin examines the ups and downs of backyard chickens, acquired ruralism, and double yolks




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I Can See Clearly Now: Life on Etsy

What has happened to Etsy, once the great new hope for hipster e-commerce? Jana Martin describes how Etsy became Creeptsy.




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