About the author
While both exploring and at times avoiding her calling as a writer, Jacqueline St. Joan worked as a secretary, a teacher, a cab driver, a lawyer, judge, and law professor. A single mother who came of age in the 1960s during the “second wave” of feminism, advocacy for domestic violence reforms has been core to her professional career and her life in general. This book was the result of being introduced to a Pakistani teacher in 2002 who told her about her own efforts to help first, her student, and then other women escape from honor crimes.
St. Joan’s work has been awarded prizes from Colorado Council on the Humanities, Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute, Chrysalis Reader, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, University of Colorado, and the Denver Press Club, among others.
She teaches part-time at Metropolitan State University of Denver and lives in Denver where she tries to spend as much time as she can with her four grandchildren.Jacqueline St. Joan is an award-winning poet, travel writer, teacher, and lawyer. She has worked as a domestic violence advocate, a county judge, a law professor, and a child and human rights advocate in a variety of public and private settings, which have earned her a number of professional awards.
Her literary interests focus on the intersection of law, literature and the voices of contemporary women. She is co-editor of Beyond Portia: Women, Law, and Literature in the United States (Northeastern University Press). Her writings have been appeared in a variety of print and online media, including Ms., The Denver Quarterly, Harvard Women’s Law Journal, Empire Magazine, The Denver Post, and Thinking Women, Chrysalis.
She has won writing awards from Colorado Council on the Humanities, Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute, Chrysalis Reader, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, University of Colorado, and the Denver Press Club, among others.
Following her travels in Pakistan, she became the Public Education Chair of the Asian American Network Against Abuse of Human Rights, an NGO in the U.S. that works to support Pakistani efforts to end human rights violations. Half of her proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to SOIL, a grass-roots community organization in Pakistan, to pay for the construction of a safe shelter for abused women and children.
The seed of this novel was nurtured by her students during her 2002 course, Women Writing About the World After Sept 11th. During that semester she was befriended and inspired by a Pakistani teacher she met in the U.S., but who has now returned to Pakistan where she continues to help women who are survivors of honor crimes and other injuries.
My Sisters Made of Light is Jacqueline St. Joan’s first novel.
Author photo by Peter Bryson, Nooknose Studio