Janice Deal is the author of The Decline of Pigeons, a short story collection

published by Queen's Ferry Press and a finalist in the Flannery O'Connor

Award for Short Fiction. Six of the nine stories, which detail the sometimes bitter,

sometimes transcendent ways that people cope with the inevitability of loss,

have appeared in literary magazines including The Sun, CutBank,

the Ontario Review,The Carolina Quarterly, StoryQuarterly and New Letters.


Her novel, The Sound of Rabbits, placed as a finalist in the Many Voices Project annual competition, as well as for the Black Lawrence Press 2018 Big Moose Prize. The Sound of Rabbits has also received an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Landmark Prize for Fiction.  Janice is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award for prose, and is currently working on a book of linked short stories, Sick Beasts, set in the fictional town of Ephrem, Illinois. One of the Ephrem stories, "Muskellunge," won the Cagibi Macaron Prize for fiction.


She lives in the Chicago area, where she and her husband hike, explore Midwestern towns, and follow their child's adventures as a student of the world.

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