Proposition (novel) Oakland, CA
PROPOSITION: A Novel follows the sex-trafficking epidemic in Oakland, California from the dual perspective of survivors striving to create a better world for themselves and white-savior activists oblivious to the ways they perpetuate systemic inequality.
Janine Kovac is a writer and interdisciplinary artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She draws on her career as a professional ballet dancer to explore the intersection between art and empathy as expressed through the constraints of the physical body. Her memoir Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home was a semifinalist for Publishers Weekly’s Book Life Prize and a winner of the 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards. Other awards include the Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship, the San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press Literary Award for Nonfiction, the Calderwood Fellowship for Journalism from MacDowell, and UC Berkeley’s Glushko Prize for Distinguished Research in Cognitive Science. She is an alumna of Hedgebrook and a MacDowell Fellow. PROPOSITION, her novel-in-progress, is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.