Jan Cleere
Author & Freelance Writer
Your Subtitle text

Author, Historian, Expert Speaker

Contact Jan

Author, historian and expert speaker Jan Cleere writes extensively about the desert southwest, particularly the people who first settled the territory. Her freelance work appears in national and regional publications.

View Jan Cleere's profile on LinkedIn

Expert Speaker

If you are looking for an expert speaker for your club, organization, or conference, learn more about Jan's speaker programs.

Jan's Appearances


The Arizona Daily Star is publishing a series of articles written by Tucson author and historian Jan Cleere, recognizing Arizona women who made their mark in the early history of the territory and the state. Some of them confronted extraordinary circumstances while others were known for their adventuresome spirits, all seeking new frontiers to explore, enrich and conquer. The articles will appear monthly and can be accessed at azstarnet.com.

November 7, 2015:   

Carmen Soto Vasquez

As a child growing up in 1800s Tucson, Carmen Soto must have seen many changes to the small community. The year she was born, 1863, President Lincoln signed into law the establishment of the Territory of Arizona, and in 1867, the capital of the new territory was moved to Tucson. The Soto family was an integral part of the Old Pueblo. Carmen's mother, Carmela Comaduran de Soto, was a descendant of Antonio Comaduran, once capital of the Royal Presidio of the fort of San Agustin de Tucson. Her father, Jose Maria Soto, was also from a well-established and prominent Tucson dynasty . .. Read more . . . 

Now Available

"Never Don't Pay Attention"
The Life of Rodeo Photographer
Louise L. Serpa

Anyone who has ever stared down an angry bull coming full throttle across an arena, aimed right at your gut, will understand why Louise Serpa adamantly and often uttered the adage that became her motto.
“Never Don’t Pay Attention:” The Life of Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa chronicles the amazing account of a New York society woman who ended up out west with her nose buried in the dirt and her eye glued to a camera, loving every minute of becoming the first woman endorsed by the Rodeo Cowboys Association to venture inside the arena and shoot some of the most exciting and incredible photographs of rodeo action.

 "I write about the people, legends, and tales of the old west that I have uncovered among tattered documents, tear-stained journals and diaries, and the accounts told by old-timers. I hope my historic biographies will entertain, amuse, and astound you just as they did me when I uncovered these
remarkable histories."

Learn more about Jan's books