Jan Becker

marlene lopez

(Becker, Jan) Jan Becker earned her MFA from Florida International University. She is on the regular faculty at Reading Queer Academy in Miami, where she teaches a boot camp for queer writers. Her work has appeared in Jai-Alai magazine, Colorado Review, Emerge, Sliver of Stone, and the Florida Book Review, among others. She was the winner of the 2015 AWP Intro Journals Award in Nonfiction. Her debut book-length publication, The Sunshine Chronicles (Jitney Books), is a humorous memoir of surprising depth and literary innovation that takes a familiar medium, Facebook posts, and elevates it to a poetic examination of the world at large through one woman’s day-to-day encounters with neighbors and troublesome houseguests. Surprisingly philosophical in nature, yet accessible and shocking in its candor, The Sunshine Chronicles marks the beginning of a new era in modern memoir, and blends the popularity of hybrid forms with lyricism, and an unusual reverse chronological narrative.