Jane Candia Coleman is nominated for Poet Laureate of Arizona. Until 1986, when she moved to Arizona and began writing full time, she was also head of Carlow’s Creative Writing program. Since 1986, she has published 22 books of fiction, poetry and memoir. She is the only woman to have received three Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame-for two collections of poetry, No Roof But Sky and The Red Drum (High Plains Press) and for her first collection of short fiction, Stories from Mesa Country (Ohio University Press). The Red Drum was completed thanks to an Arizona Commission on the Arts poetry grant in 1993. Jane has also received two Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, and her first novel, Doc Holliday’s Woman (Warner Books), was runner-up for a Spur for Best Novel for the West in 1996. She has been nominated five times for the Pulitzer Prize.
Mountain Time: A Southwest Memoir was runner-up for a Willa (Cather) Award from Women Writing the West in 2002, as was her historical novel, Matchless, in 2004. In 2005, however, her historical novel, Tombstone Travesty: Allie Earp Remembers, won the Willa Award. She has been a fiction mentor in Carlow University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program since 2005.
In the past twenty years, Jane has given readings and lectures and participated in writer’s conferences both in Arizona and out of state: the Tumblewords Program in 1995 took her to Coolidge, Florence, Douglas and Patagonia; yearly lectures at the Society of Southwest Authors annual writer’s conference in Tucson; 1990-91, a course in creative writing for the Arizona Department of Corrections in Douglas, Arizona. In 1994, she was invited to do The Plains Writers Series-readings and seminars at the University of Nebraska in Kearney; Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln; Wayne State College in Wayne; and Norfolk Community College in Norfolk. In 1995, she was invited back to Wayne State College to serve as Writer-in-Residence, teaching courses in both poetry and fiction.
Jane’s third collection of poetry, The White Dove, was runner up for a Spur Award in poetry from western Writers of America in 2007. Seven of her early novels have been bought by Amazon and will be published and available in both paper back and electronically in Amazon's new publishing venture. At present, she is completing a new novel, Desert Rose.