Jane Ransom

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Jane Reavill Ransom is a prize-winning American novelist and poet.


Ransom received her B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University. She holds a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing, as well as a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, from New York University.

From 1984–89 she was a New York Daily News national/international editor. She was also an editor for the San Juan Star. In 1990 she held a NYU fellowship in comparative literature, 1988–90. From 1997–2002 she was professor of creative writing at Rutgers and New York University. In 2004 she was distinguished poet in residence at Saint Mary’s College of California.

She wrote a column for Playboy.

She has lived in Madrid, Paris, Indiana, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Boston New York City, and San Francisco. She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina.

She is the granddaughter of poet and critic John Crowe Ransom.




  • Without Asking (Story Line Press, 1989)
  • Scene of the Crime (Story Line Press, 1997)

Prizes and awards[edit]

  • Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize for Without Asking
  • New York University Press Prize 1996 for Fiction for Bye-Bye[1]
  • Mamdouha S. Bobst Award for Bye-Bye
  • Poetry fellowships at the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts
  • Residences at Yaddo and MacDowell