A longtime resident of the Monadnock region, Jane Eklund has followed parallel literary and journalistic paths. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College and a Master of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in poetry, from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have appeared in journals including The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, and The Sun; she has received grants for poetry from the Iowa and New Hampshire state arts councils and for fiction from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. She has been a fellow at the Blue Mountain Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
As an editor and writer for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript in Peterborough, NH, Jane covered the arts and also developed and edited The Occasional Moose, a monthly magazine supplement, along the way winning numerous awards including being named Writer of the Year three times by the New Hampshire Press Association. As programs information officer for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, she served as the agency’s media liaison, compiled a weekly email newsletter, edited a triannual magazine, and coordinated the Individual Artist Fellowship program. As a freelancer, she handled jobs as diverse as writing a corporate blog, editing books about New England history, and compiling an oral history for an environmental center.
In March 2013, she joined the Marketing and Communications Department at Keene State College, where she edits Keene State Today, the College’s alumni magazine, and works on other writing and editing projects.