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Jaqueline St. Joan, author, MY SISTERS MADE OF LIGHT

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Jaqueline St. Joan is an author, My Sister Made of Light, award-winning poet, travel writer, teacher and lawyer. At various points in her career she has held positions as domestic violence activist, county judge, law professor, and children's and human rights advocate. Her writings have appeared in Ms., Bloomsbury Review, Harvard Women's Law Journal, Empire Magazine, F Magazine, the Denver Post, Denver Quarterly, and several other anthologies, scholarly journals, and online publications She is the coeditor of Beyond Portia: Women, Law, and Literature in the United States.

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.

She teaches Women & the Law at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where the germ 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.