Jayne Moore Waldrop is a writer, attorney and eighth-generation Kentuckian. She knows her home state from end to end, having grown up in far western Kentucky in a family of displaced Appalachians who returned home to visit eastern Kentucky most summers. She’s also lived in Louisville where she practiced law and Lexington, too, where she served as literary liaison for the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning.
She’s a graduate of the University of Kentucky (B.A., J.D.) and Murray State University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. She was a reporter and editor for newspapers in western Kentucky before heading to law school, and she later served as a book columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Waldrop was appointed by the governor to serve two terms on the Kentucky Arts Council and she’s an Art Meets Activism grant recipient from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She was a writer-in-residence at Rivendell Writers Colony and has attended the Appalachian Writer’s Workshop at Hindman Settlement School, Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Workshop, and the Kentucky Women Writers Conference.
Her work has appeared in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Still: The Journal, New Madrid Journal, Appalachian Heritage, Minerva Rising, New Limestone Review, The Paddock Review, Sequestrum, Heartland Review, Luna Station Quarterly, Kudzu, Deep South Magazine, and Kentucky Monthly. Her stories have been selected as Judge’s Choice in the 2016 Still Journal Fiction Contest; finalists for the 2015 Reynolds Price Fiction Prize, the 2016 Tillie Olsen Fiction Award, and 2017 Still Journal Fiction Contest; and honorable mention in the 2014 AWP Intro Journals Project. Her poetry chapbook Retracing My Steps (Finishing Line Press 2019) was a finalist in the 2018 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Series.
She and her family live in Lexington.