AboutJana Laiz grew up in White Plains, NY and spent weekends in the Berkshires as a teenager. She earned a Bachelor's degree from New York University in Chinese Language and Anthropology, an advanced degree in Chinese from Middlebury College and a Master's in Education from Westfield State College. She served as a refugee resettlement counselor for the International Rescue Committee until 1986, when she moved to the Berkshires and began to take her passion for writing seriously. She is the author of the triple award-winning novel, Weeping Under This Same Moon (Moonbeam Silver Medal Winner and ForeWord Reviews Book of The Year Award nominee); The Twelfth Stone; Elephants of the Tsunami; Thomas & Autumn; and the co-author of A Free Woman On God's Earth, The True Story of Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom, optioned to be a feature film, Simon Says; Tails Told By The Red Lion Inn Ambassador. In 2007, Jana formed Crow Flies Press and published these and other award winning titles. She has produced audio books with Audible.com and is currently working with Alison Larkin Presents and the Jane Austen Literary Foundation to produce the audiobook for Weeping Under This Same Moon. She is the very first Writer-In-Residence at Herman Melville's beloved Arrowhead. Jana is currently working on the sequel to The Twelfth Stone, a new novel about teaching ESL and the immigrant experience as well as a juvenile biography of Herman Melville; Billy Budd In The Breadbox. Her picture book, Blanket of Stars will be out soon. She is passionate about our beautiful planet and endeavors to make a difference in the world through her writing and to work with others who feel the same. Jana continues to teach English locally and writing everywhere. She lives in a 200-year-old farmhouse in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
Jana Laiz and Melody Lea Lamb
Jana Laiz and Ann-Elizabeth Barnes
Sean Vernon, Jana Laiz, et al.
Jana Laiz and Declan Kerr