About Janine

b. 1986, HK.

photography by Terry Lorant

photography by Terry Lorant

Janine Kovac 

is a metaphorical juggler. A former professional ballerina who danced in Iceland, Italy, San Francisco, and her hometown of El Paso, Texas, she has worked as a database architect, a software engineer, a web maven for San Francisco’s literary festival Litquake, and as a ballet teacher. In addition to Listen To Your Mother, Janine has performed at Literary Death Match, Lit Crawl, Beast Crawl, KQED’s Perspectives, and Litquake’s Barely Published. An avid attendee of writing workshops, she is an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw ValleyLit Camp, the Mineral School, and Hedgebrook and is the 2016 recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship.

Her writing has been anthologized in Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and GritMultiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories and Advice from Parents of Twins, Triplets, and More and Nothing But the Truth: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection. Janine graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in cognitive science from U.C. Berkeley in 2009, just two months shy of her 40th birthday. Her honors thesis “A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of Parenting” received the Robert J. Glushko award for distinguished research in cognitive science and was the scientific foundation for her book Brain Changer: A Mother’s Guide to Cognitive Science. The primer chronicles her experience as the mother of twins born nearly four months before they are due. Janine tells the same story from her perspective as a ballet dancer in her memoir SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home, published through Moxie Road Productions.