Award-winning journalist and book critic. Formerly: book columnist for Glamour, book editor of the Plain Dealer, and vice president of the National Book Critics Circle. Words in many national media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, USA Today, Harper's Bazaar, Commonweal, and Salon. TV and radio from CNN to backwaters nationwide. Two novels from mainstream American publishers.

On Medium: Daily posts about books, publishing, and the media written with a critical and often acerbic sensibility. I write the Pop Culture Shorts column for @FanFare on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, which consists of 150-word posts on books, movies, TV, and other pop-cultural flotsam. On my own feed I write the "Ask a Writing Coach" feature sporadically. No posts on "productivity hacks" or "how much money I made in my first month on Medium" or that use impact as a verb.

Former adjunct writing professor at two major American universities. Speaker at many writers' conferences and college classes. Teaching and coaching private students remotely during the pandemic.

Freelance editor: Fluent in Associated Press style and adept at working with multiple stylebooks simultaneously, such as AP and a house stylebook with overrides of AP. Work with me:

Base of operations: The Deep South. Carrying a torch for former haunts of New Jersey and New York.

Motto: When you go to bed with a book, you should be able to respect yourself in the morning.

Medium member since May 2021
Editor of History of Women and Lit Life



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Janice Harayda


Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book columnist for Glamour and book editor of The Plain Dealer.