Jan Bowman



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Welcome to the HOME page for Maryland fiction writer Jan Bowman.


Last update April 2014 - This page is still under revision.

A recent story was a finalist for the 2013 Broad River Review RASH Award for Fiction. Another story was a 2013 finalist in the Phoebe Fiction Contest. Another was a 2012 finalist in the “So-to-Speak” Fiction Contest.

Glimmer Train named a story as an Honorable Mention in the November 2012 Short Story Awards for New Writers - January 22, 2013.

Go to the Reflections 2014 Blog page for weekly updates on the Writer’s Life.

Please see the Projects Page for a current listing of my writing projects.


excerpt from beginning of  Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem:  “Kindness”

from The Words Under the Words: Selected Poems

“Before you know what kindness really is

you must lose things,

feel the future dissolve in a moment

like salt in a weakened broth.

What you held in your hand,

what you counted and carefully saved,

All this must go so you know

how desolate the landscape can be

between the regions of kindness.

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How you ride and ride

thinking the bus will never stop,

the passengers eating maize and chicken

will stare out the window forever.”                        

This is from a lovely book of poetry by a gifted poet. 

I admire the richness of this poem and hope you’ll find a minute to read it all.

Please consider buying a copy. Writers should help each other.

I have a collection of stories that I hope to publish in 2014.  I’m shopping for a suitable small publishing house. For additional projects click on the Projects section of this website.

Tentatively the title is Mermaids and Other Stories.  The opening story, “Mermaids” won the 2011 Roanoke Prize for Fiction. Stories in the collection will explore the theme of kindness and vital gestures of compassion in the face of loss. A number of the stories in this collection were published previously and nominated for awards.

I find, as do the characters in my stories, comfort in the last stanza of Nye’s poem:

“Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,”  because it seems to me that we all seek some kindness to comfort us, if we are to have hope and press on in the face of the sorrows of ordinary human lives.  Kindness in the face of loss lends structure to my stories  as I explore this idea without sentimentality.

See my Reflections Blog for weekly updates of interest to readers and writers.

Almost every Friday I post a brief  Reflections essay on the writing life

with photos from my travels or photos from several close friends who share my interests in the effects of light & color on natural scenes.

In addition, I post interviews with people in the writing business and book reviews from readers or myself.  Send along your comments and insights on books you are reading to the posted address, if you wish to be included in the process.  We are all working to build a community of writers who help each other grow.


Changes in this website are pending over the next few months.

Remember to be kind and play fair.  Don’t “borrow” work from my site without getting written permission from me. 

Thanks for reading. Send comments to email:   janbowmanwriter@gmail.com

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