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educator , photographer , writer

Jane Fisher Melnick, American writer, educator, photographer. Recipient Phi Beta Kappa award for best creative work by an undergraduate Radcliffe College, 1959; Mademoiselle magazine fiction contest award, 1962, National Education Association grantee, 1973, dean's dissertation fellow New York University, 1987. Member Modern Language Association, Mid-American American Studies Association (executive board 1991-1996).


Melnick, Jane Fisher was born on September 26, 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Richard Thornton and Mary (Holcombe) Fisher.


Bachelor cum laude, Radcliffe College, 1962. Master of Arts, New York University, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies, New York University, 1991.


News writer, photographer, freelance editor, 1962—1975. Editor, writer, photographer In These Times, Chicago, 1976-1978. Grapnics editor, writer Seven Days, New York City, 1978-1981.

Instructor writing, journalism, American literature and history New York University, 1981-1986. Instructor writing, American literature Loyola University, Chicago, 1988-1991. Assistant professor Elmhurst (Illinois) College, 1991-1996.

Writer, college preparatory tutor Chicago, 1997—2004.


Member Modern Language Association, Mid-American American Studies Association (Executive Board, chair essay judging committee 1995-1996).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: home renovation, traveling.


Married Burton A. Melnick, December 1962 (divorced 1969). 1 child, Benjamin A. Life partner Eileen Willenborg, since 1978.

Richard Thornton Fisher

Mary (Holcombe) Fisher

Burton A. Melnick

Benjamin A. Melnick