Janet Luongo creates stories and art, gives speeches and workshops, and works for racial and gender justice. Janet spent a decade — first with writing groups and editors and then on her own –completing her coming of age story, Rebellion, 1967: A Memoir. Her first book, 365 Daily Affirmation for Creativity, with a foreword by Jack Canfield, was published in five countries and led to bookings as far away as Xian, China. Janet served as president of the New York Metro chapter of the National Speakers Association. She taught art to students from college to kindergarten; exhibited paintings in New York, Geneva, and Paris; and designed programs in Connecticut museums to connect urban and suburban students, programs that garnered awards and media.
She founded a nonprofit for feminist artists in Connecticut, a chapter of Women’s Caucus for Art, and in fifteen years, they mounted forty exhibits and produced Women Make Art, a film screened at a UNIFEM festival. Born in New York City, Janet lived in Switzerland for eight years and moved to Connecticut in 1986. She returned to the faith of her childhood in joining the Westport Unitarian Universalist congregation, who honored her in 2020 as a Leading Light for her lay ministry and activism for democracy.
In her sixties, Janet climbed a 14,000 foot mountain; and earned three certificates: yoga and meditation, health coaching, and Integrative Nutrition from Teachers College, Columbia University. She resides in Norwalk, Connecticut, with her husband Jim, also a writer, and their cat Lucky. They enjoy family and friends, yoga, reading, films, plays, museums, and hiking with their son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter in the Rockies.