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 including Arizona
, Persimmon Hill Magazine, Phoenix Woman, Tucson Guide
Quarterly, The Desert Leaf, Chronicle of the Old West, and Arizona
Her latest book, "Never Don't Pay Attention:" The Life of Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa
, published by TwoDot, a division ofRowman & Littlefield Publishers, is the story of the first woman allowed to photograph inside the rodeo arena. Coming from New York society, Louise ended up out west with the nose in the dirt and her eye glued to a camera, taking some of the most exciting and incredible photographs of rodeo action, and becoming a woman who helped shape the character of rodeo.
Levi's & Lace: Arizona Women Who Made
, published by Rio Nuevo Publishers, contains the stories of over
thirty heroic Arizona women who were known for their fortitude in the face of
adversity, their confrontation of extraordinary and sometimes dangerous
situations, their adventuresome spirit, and their dedication to improving the
lives of others.
Amazing Girls of Arizona: True Stories of Young Pioneers
, published by
Globe Pequot Press, won the 2009 Arizona Book Publishing Association Glyph
award for best young adult nonfiction, and was also named one of the best books
of 2009. The book was also a Finalist for the 2008 National Best Books Award.
Outlaw Tales of Arizona: True
Stories of Arizona's Most Famous Robbers, Rustlers, and Bandits
, also published
by Globe Pequot Press, was recognized nationally in 2007 as winner of the National
Federation of Press Women's Literary Competition for Historical Nonfiction. The
book also placed first in the 2007 Arizona's Press Women's Literary
Competition, and was a Finalist for the Arizona Book Publishing Association
Glyph Award. The second edition of Outlaw Tales of Arizona
was released in 2012 with additional chapters.
More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada
, another Globe Pequot Press publication, was a 2006 WILLA Literary
Award Finalist and a 2006 Arizona Press Women's Literary Competition Finalist
for Historical Nonfiction. 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." The second edition of More Than Petticoats, with additional chapters, will be released in November 2015.
In 2001, Jan received recognition from Arizona Highways
Magazine for her article, "Hostess to the West," the life of
Elizabeth Hudson Smith, a black entrepreneur in Wickenburg, Arizona, during the
Also in 2001, Jan was a finalist for the Sharlot Hall Alice B.
Longan award (Prescott, Arizona), which encourages serious women writers at the
beginning of their literary careers.
She serves on the Coordinating Council of the Arizona Women's Heritage Trail,
and is a member
of the Western Writers of
Federation of Press Women, Arizona Press Women, Women Writing the West, Arizona Authors Association, Authors Guild, Society of Southwestern
Authors, Arizona Historical Society, Nevada Historical Society, Nevada Women's History Project.
Jan and her husband live in Oro Valley, Arizona, under the shadow
of the Santa Catalina Mountains.