Janet Sheppard Kelleher is an award-winning creative nonfiction writer, columnist, and speaker living in South Carolina with Irish, her husband. A mother and empty-nester of three children, she enjoys traveling, ancient ruins, archaeology, hunting, fishing, parasailing, ballooning, reading, working Sudoku and crossword puzzles, and volunteering for causes close to her heart.
- Carrie McCray Memorial Award for Nonfiction for “Brotherly Love Bridges the Gap,” South Carolina Writers Workshop, 2013
- The Award for Excellence in Inspirational Writing for “The Braid of Affliction,” Southeastern Writers Assn, 2012
- The Microcosm Award for “The Tattered Ta-ta,” Southeastern Writers Assn, 2012
- Past Loves Day Contest, http://www.ourpastloves.com/2012-contest-winners 4th Place for “Puppy Love 101,” 2012.
- The Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Nonfiction for “Cancer Can Be a Blessing,” Southeastern Writers Assn, 2011 (Renamed Big C, little ta-ta)
- The Morton J. Rubin Limerick Award, Southeastern Writers Assn, 2011
- Opening Reader at the First Annual “Listen to Your Mother: Charleston,” May 4, 2014
- Speaker at the Carolina Lectures, 2008
- Speaker at the Carolina Lectures, 2007
- Speaker at the Santee Ladies Retreat, 2006
- Speaker at the Kannapolis Ladies Retreat, 2005
“I know a little about and enjoy deer hunting, fishing, karate, bowling, mathematics, biology, psychology, cooking, loving, parenting, parasailing, Scrabble, Sudoku, and sales.”
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Sweet Briar College, VA, 1971-1975