Jane.wolfdictionaryJane Wodening’s stories and articles have been published in magazines, little and big, in an almanac, in chapbooks, several anthologies and in seven slim volumes, while the big books accumulated on the top shelf of the coat closet. Now that she’s approaching the age of eighty, she felt it was time to put the full-size books together and get them out, if only to free her to write something entirely new, as well as to see what other stories that have been lying about unread might be worth saving. Four of the big books are now available and one more will be emerging within the next two or three months. Visit this website often!

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JaneWodening2014“(Jane Wodening’s writing) has the magic of language that joys with transparency and rightness…”
– Nathaniel Dorsky

If you are tired of writers who elevate urban and suburban neurosis to the status of sensitivity, this writer might save your sanity. She will certainly return you to an older order of ethics and heartfelt love for life in all its variety.”
– Bobbie Louise Hawkins, writer, poet, artist

“Her imagery, her humor and uncanny insights so draw the reader into her world we can’t help but feel the love and compassion that infuse her writing… Few writers today write such clean prose, none have such purity of vision.”
– Lucia Berlin, writer

“I always think of her at the edge of a deep but not dark forest, another way of knowing this world, a physical entering into what has most usually dismissed me. So seeing birds light on her shoulder, a so-called forest creature come to her without fear, became just a part of her usual presence.”
– Robert Creeley, poet

“You can read Jane Wodening for the grace of the prose, the details of the knowledge, her genius for story, or for her unhesitant focus on the truth of the time-track. She’s good at it, and her moment is right here.”
– Ed Sanders, poet

“She is the master of bringing seemingly insignificant moments to towers of drama and emotion, such as the travails of insects as they strive to survive.”
– Barbara Lawler, reporter “The Mountain-Ear”

“Jane has an enviable secret: she knows how to create a world by living in gorgeous harmony on earth.”
– Jennifer Heath, author, Baksun Books

“Jane Wodening, where to begin? Along with D. H. Lawrence, Jack London, and Ernest Thomas Seaton, Jane is the finest writer of non-human animal life in North American lit. Her latest work, WOLF DICTIONARY, will join White Fang and Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing as the most stunning wolf writing ever.”
– Peter Warshall, naturalist par excellence

“One of the luminous story tellers like James Stephens and Padraic Colum.”
– Michael McClure, poet

“This book holds obvious relations with two literary-cultural traditions: first, that of journal memoirs of days spent intentionally removed from the speed and ease and at least some of the understood contracts of “civilization,” two of whose best known forbears are Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek; and second, that of retreat to the natural basis of the world following the attainment of certain age and completion of responsibility cycles of family and livelihood.”
– Reed Bye, from the Foreword to Living Up There