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Jan Cleere

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About Jan Cleere

Jan Cleere writes extensively about the desert southwest, particularly the people who first settled the territory. She is a magna cum laude graduate of ASU West with a degree is American Studies, and the author of five historical nonfiction books about the people who first ventured into the desert southwest. “Never Don’t Pay Attention:” The Life of Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa, won the 2016 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards for best Arizona biography and best Arizona book. Levi’s & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made History was a 2012 finalist for the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers was voted the 2009 Arizona Book Publishing Association’s Glyph award for best Arizona book and best young adult nonfiction. Outlaw Tales of Arizona was recognized in 2007 as winner of the National Federation of Press Women's Literary Competition for Historical Nonfiction. More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women was a 2006 WILLA Literary Award Finalist. The Nevada Women's History Project elected Jan to its Roll of Honor for her significant contribution in the preservation of Nevada's women history.

Jan is a Roads Scholar with Arizona Humanities and lectures around the state about early pioneers who were instrumental in colonizing and civilizing Arizona Territory. She writes a monthly column for Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star, “Western Women,” detailing the lives of some of Arizona’s early amazing women. Her freelance work appears in national and regional publications.