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2020 Bombeck workshop faculty Jess Montgomery

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Jess Montgomery

Jess Montgomery is the author of the Kinship Historical Mysteries, including The Widows (2019) and The Hollows (January 2020). Under her given name of Sharon Short, she is a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life, authors and events of her native Dayton, Ohio, for the Dayton Daily News. Her honors have included a Montgomery County (Ohio) Arts & Cultural District Artist Opportunity Grant (2018); an Individual Excellence Award in Literary Arts from the Ohio Arts Council (2016); and John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House (Columbus, Ohio, 2014). She is a three-time recipient of the OAC's Literary Arts Excellence Award (2012, 2016, 2018) and the author of other published novels, short stories and essays.