Jane 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.

“After I made Living Up There in my early 70’s, a memoir of  several years I had spent living alone in a little cabin at 10,000 feet in the Rockies, I pulled down three old manuscripts from a high shelf and realized that in a few years I would be 80 and if I didn’t pull these books into a presentable form and send them out into the world, they’d never exist as books. I was in cleaning mode. Should I toss them? Or should I spend a few years on these manuscripts? I chose the latter.The encouragement was that Janette Taylor of Sockwood Press wanted to publish my work. The whip was my age.

The books are all in print now, and I’m over 80. I’ve got the all-animal book out, now – Animals I’ve Neglected to Mention,  – and am hard at work on a history of the earth in ordinary English. Things keep changing.”
– Jane Wodening

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“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

“(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

“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

“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

“The earth is not your enemy. It’s your grandmother.” – JW