Janna has a master's degree in Teaching and Creative Writing from Cardiff University and teaches at Rutgers University. She teaches Expository Writing and Composition courses and previously taught ESL and Literature courses at Virginia Commonwealth University and SUNY Farmingdale.

Her short stories and poetry have been published online and in print and her debut novel will be published in 2021 through Quill, an imprint of Inkshares. She tutors students of all ages and levels and is available for freelance and ghostwriting.

Janna also has a BA in English and a BS in Psychology and has studied at various international universities, including University College at Oxford. She combines her experience as a crisis management counselor and workshop leader with at-risk youth and homeless teens to explore the relationship between creativity and empowerment.



Wide Eyes Press, the sad bitch chronicles, forthcoming anthology:

                            "Trigger Warning": It's Perfect! Now, Add a Filter

Ghost City Press, Fences and Ancient Womb Bones

The Woman, Inc., Selected for "Emerging Poet" and "Poem of the Week": 

                               I smell like onions

                               10mg, two times a day, with food

The Opiate, This is Not a Power Play

                     Why do Snapchats Disappear? (Volume 18, print)

Déraciné, I Cry the Brain Decrepit,

                 Ice Fishing with One Hundred Thousand Eyes

Nine Muses Poetry, I am just as angry as you

Otoliths, John Kerry Isn't the Anti-Christ

The Rye Whiskey Review, When stepping on an Extraterrestrial

                                            There is a cellar estaurant in Rome


The Black Shamrock, print, Mycellium

                                              The Bogart Specter

                                              "The cancer has spread to the bones"

                                              The moon dropped out of the sky tonight

Eunoia Review, Stealing/Sending Sex Trunks

Red Eft Review, Life and Death Manners

Alpha Female Society, Reflecting Bottles

                                       Keeping Tabs

                                       Like a Running Moss

                                       Useless Wombs


Tale Spinners, Mine

                        An Untitled Life

                        The Church of John Coltrane


                        The Promised Land

                        90 Straithnarn Street

Plastik Magazine, 6 tweet length poems

Short Fiction

Horla, The Girls Who Die at Night

Cut a Long Story, republished, for sale, The Goldfish Man

Quailbell Magazine, The Goldfish Man

Tale Spinners, selection from Indian Summer

                         selection from The Isle is Full of Noises


Words on the Outside, Read by the author for Laura Bynum's Youtube series

                                        Audio recording, chapter from The Talkers are Talking

The Arts in Wales, 90 Straithnarn Street

                                Poem printed on a tote to raise funds for programming




Teaching overview


Undergraduate Courses

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

          101: Expository Writing - 6 semesters

          100/098: Basic Composition and Basic

           Composition with Reading - 2 semesters

Farmingdale State College, SUNY, Farmingdale, NY

          097, 101, 102, 310: Developmental English, 

          Introduction to English Composition

          Introduction to Literature, Advanced Technical

          Writing - 2 semesters

Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ

          097, 101: Developmental English, Introduction 

          to English Composition - 2 Semesters

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

          English as a Second Language, Written and

          Oral Communications, Academic Preparation,

          Research Paper & Essay Writing,

          Presentation/Speech Skills, Language and

          Culture - 3 Semesters

August 2013 - Present

  • Develop curricula and lesson plans to meet department-wide learning objectives.

  • Participate in department service through presenting and participating in conferences, acting as emergency grader and special tutor.

  • Proven results with students showing significant improvement on program-wide and rubric graded exams.

  • Garner high level of student satisfaction and interest as measured by consistently high attendance rates in conjunction with anonymous class surveys.

  • Work with students from all over the world at all skill levels in class sizes ranging from 9-30.

  • Utilize creative teaching methods that step outside the textbook to YouTube/social media, community events, field trips, in-class debates, website and blog building, incorporating new technologies, etc.


May 2012 - August 2012

Llamau's Learning for Life, Cardiff, Wales, UK

          Creative Writing, Photography, Interview

          Readiness & Life Skills, Painting, Gardening,


  • Led series of individual and group educational and counseling sessions to homeless and at-risk teens to encourage empowerment and self-sufficiency.

  • Coordinated regional art-competition and increased participants by 85%.

May 2012 - August 2012

Cathay's High School, Cardiff, Wales, UK       

          Creative Writing

  • Developed and facilitated all workshop curricula to encourage creativity and empowerment with a focus on individualized learning and expression.

  • Organized and lead educational field trip to the National Museum of Wales.


Break the Bechdel with Strong Female

Characters Syndicate      


Lamplit Underground       

          Brooklyn, NY


Tale Spinners     


February 2016- Present

  • Founder of online syndicate that provides financial support to writers who highlight diverse voices in fiction.

  • Group membership ranging from 15-40 members at a time.

  • Raised thousands of dollars to date.

  • Have helped put over a dozen books into production.

September 2013- Present

  • Founder and editor of up-and-coming literary/arts webzine.

  • Features works from Push-Cart Prize winners and nominees, O. Henry Award nominees as well as many other award-winning writers and artists.

  • Procure, cull, edit and post all submissions and publications.

September 2013- Present

  • Literary hub

  • Ghost-writing and editing services

Freelance/Ghost Writer

January 2012- Present

Ariel Books LLC., Rhudy & Co., James Joyce Ramble, Erin Pray, Dr. Benjamin., Stand up for Kids, Overcomers Day Services etc.     


  • Ghost wrote chapter for 2016 Presidential Candidate

  • Profiles & Biographies

  • Feature Articles

  • Newsletters

Editing, Freelance & Industry Related

Get in Touch


Brooklyn, NY, USA

©2017 by Janna Liggan

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