Jacqueline Simon is a writer of short stories, poetry, screenplays, and essays. She is the author of Leaving Letitia Street, a collection of eleven stories about family and personal relationships. She published her first fiction in student magazines before graduating from Louisiana State University with a master’s degree in British Literature.
Simon entered the University of Houston’s Writing Program in 1982 and over the next ten years won four regional awards for outstanding writing, plus becoming one of five writers shortlisted for the National Magazine Award for Fiction. She was Professor of English in the Houston Community College System and later a part-time instructor of courses in the Personal Journal, Memoir, and Fiction Techniques at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. For five years she hosted a writers’ workshop in New England with United States Poet Laureate Donald Hall. Her current project is a novel loosely based on her family’s history of an Acadian exile’s encounter with the pre-revolutionary British in New England. Simon lives in Houston and New Hampshire with her husband.
Examples of speaking engagements
- WIVLA: Women in the Visual and Literary Arts, juror and keynote speaker, “Art and Artifice”
- Association of Business and Professional Women: “Keeping a Personal Journal”
- New Hampshire Lakes Region Writers’ Workshop, host with various guest speakers
- Rice University Writer’s Workshop, guest speaker, “A Look at Notes from Grisham’s First Editor”
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