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"Jean Roberta" once promised her parents not to use their unusual family name for her queer and erotic writing, and thus was born her thin-disguise pen name. She torments the young by teaching mandatory first-year English courses in a Canadian university, where she is also a consulting editor for the literary journal.
Jean immigrated to Canada from the United States as a teenager with her family. In her last year of high school, after two years of life in Canada, she won a major award in a national student writing contest. In 1988, a one-woman publisher in Montreal published a book of Jean’s lesbian stories, Secrets of the Invisible World. When the publisher went out of business, the book went out of print.
In the same year, Jean attended the Third International Feminist Book Fair in Montreal, where she read a call-for-submissions for erotic lesbian stories. She wrote three, sent them off, and got a letter saying that all three were accepted. Then the publisher went out of business.
In 1998, Jean and her partner acquired their first computer. Jean looked for writers’ groups and found the Erotic Readers & Writers Association, which provided much-needed information and support. She began writing erotica in every flavor she could think of (f/f, m/f, m/m, f/f/m, etc) and in various genres (realistic contemporary, fantasy, historical). Her stories have appeared in anthology series such as Best Lesbian Erotica (2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009) and Best Women's Erotica (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006) from Cleis Press. Over eighty of her stories have appeared in print anthologies, not including websites and magazines.
Two collections of her diverse erotic stories have been published by different publishers. Each has a Point, her second collection, was released by Love You Divine/Altererotica in February 2011, and is available in various formats.
Her recent publications include “The Art of Communication” (a lesbian marriage story) in To Love and To Cherish (Love You Divine), “Madame Blanche” (a retelling of “The White Cat,” a French fairy tale of the 1600s), in Rumpled Silk Sheets: lesbian fairy tales (Ravenous Romance), “Hibernation” and “Home Again” in Coming Together by Hand: Tales of Auto Eroticism (Coming Together), “Thin-Skinned” (a lesbian spanking story) in Spank! (Logical-Lust Publications), “Taste” in Best Erotic Fantasy and Science Fiction (Circlet Press), and “Down Below” in Best S/M Erotica 3 (Logical Lust). This story is one of several about lesbian Domme Dr. Athena Chalkdust, which can also be found in Best Lesbian Erotica (2001, 2005, 2009).
Jean’s non-fiction is generally safe to read in public. In 2011, she joined the six-writer blog “Oh Get a Grip,” where she posts a new piece every Thursday on the topic of the week. She is a staff reviewer for the monthly reviews site “Erotica Revealed,” and for the lesbian site “Kissed by Venus,” where she also has a column, “Stranger Than Fiction.” Jean’s former columns include “Sex Is All Metaphors” (based on a line in a poem by Dylan Thomas) for the Erotic Readers and Writers Association, July 2008-November 2010. (All the column pieces can still be found in the on-site archives.) She also reviews for The Gay and Lesbian Review, a print magazine originally produced at Harvard University.
Jean married her long-term partner, Mirtha Rivera, on October 30, 2010.
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