Photo by Steve Ladner, steveladner.com

Photo by Steve Ladner, steveladner.com

Janet Benton began writing early and has worked hard to give books a central place in her life. She grew up in a small town in Connecticut and skipped eighth grade to travel the world with her working-artist mother. Her family history has made her highly aware of the power of the mother-infant bond and of the need to stand up for outcasts. She holds an M.F.A. in English/fiction writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B. A. in religious studies from Oberlin College. After working at magazines, newspapers, and publishers and teaching writing at four universities, she began The Word Studio (www.thewordstudio.us) to offer workshops and mentoring to writers. She's also a mother, wife, and singer. Click here to read an interview with her in Publisher's Weekly, March 2017, called "Mothers of the Past: PW Talks with Janet Benton." 

SELECTED NONFICTION

  • ESSAY, "The Power of a Diary," May 16, 2017, in Read Her Like an Open Book. 
  • ESSAY, "In storytelling, finding joy and understanding," Sunday Commentary section, March 19, 2017, in the Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  • ESSAY, "A Feminist's Daughter Finds Love in the Kitchen," October 6, 2013: "On Mother’s Day last spring, my 10-year-old daughter listed some things she loves about having me as her mother."  Read more in the New York Times.
  • ESSAY, "In the Name of Fairness, Don't Erase Women's History," lead piece in Sunday Commentary sectionMarch 20, 2016. Read in the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

  • DOCUMENTARY, script co-writer for "Promise for a Better City (1944-1964)."  Episode 3 in the series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.  Aired on 6ABC. Click title to watch.  
  • DOCUMENTARY, script editor and team member for "Fever: 1793." Episode 2 in the series Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.  Aired on 6ABCWinner of three Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. Click title to watch.

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