Biography

Helene Simkin Jara is an actor, director, and writer.  Her poems, stories, and plays have been published 32 times, winning various awards.  She wrote her first book in third grade.  Her self-published book Because I Had To, a collection of short stories, plays, and monologues, was on Kindle’s best-seller list in July 2014.

Helene has a BA in Theatre Arts (UCLA, 1969) and lives in Santa Cruz, California.

AWARDS

2003 – “Josefina” – Best Prose Award, Porter Gulch Review

2004 – “Ashes” – Finalist, Glimmer Train

2004 – “Do You Want to Be Happy?” – Finalist, Glimmer Train

2006 – “Boxes” – 2nd Place, Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA

2007 – “The Difference” – nominated for the Pushkin Prize, Mind Prints

2009 – “FUBMC” – Best Prose, Porter House Review

2011 – “Vat Means Rad” and “Objets D’art” – Best Prose Writer, Porter Gulch Review

 

PUBLISHED

2000 – “Who’s Ed” – Mind Prints

2000 – “Josefina” (Spanish version) – La Revista

2002 – “Thirst” – Porter Gulch Review

2003 – “Josefina” – Porter Gulch Review

2004 – “The Hug” – Porter Gulch Review

2004 – “Ashes” – Glimmer Train

2005 – “Is That All?” – Porter Gulch Review

2005 – “What Do You Say” – Porter Gulch Review

2006 – “Unruly” – Gambara Literary Review

2006 – “Thigs” – Porter Gulch Review

2006 – “Boxes” – Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

2007 – “The Difference” – Nerve Cowboy

2008 – “19 Surprising Things Men Have Said to Me” – Porter Gulch Review

2009 – “FUBMC” – Porter Gulch Review

2010 – “Vat Means Rad” – Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

2011 – “Vat Means Rad” and “Objets D’arts” – Porter Gulch Review

2013 – “Laughing” – Porter Gulch Review

2013 – “More Time” – phren-z online journal

2013 – “Difficult Life” – phren-z online journal

2014 – “Two-Timer,” “19 Surprising Things Men Have Said to Me,” and “Starving” –  Serving House Journal, online magazine

2014 – “Buying Time” – Celebration of the Muse, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA

2014 – “The House” – Canto y Flor, Watsonville, CA

2014 – “Bacon and Eggs” – Porter Gulch Review

2014 – “On the Train” – phren-z online journal