Janet Winans grew up in San Francisco and is a graduate of Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and the MFA Program for writers at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina. She was married to Woodie Winans and has three children, Jennifer, Stephan and Jessica. She is the author of three chapbooks, Our Abidance, If Summer Freezes, and Of Dreams and Bones. She has taught at Central Arizona College, Arizona Western College, and as an Artist-in-Residence with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Young Audiences of Santa Cruz County. She lives in Patagonia, Arizona.