Author & Advocate

About Me

Photograph of author Jeneva Burroughs Stone

Background & Education

Jeneva Stone's creative work has focused recently on the disabled body as a source of wonder, the emotional impact of biological difference on families, and on integrating the sciences of genomics and physics with literature. She's been a caregiver to her son, Robert, for 20 years. He has a rare disease and life-altering disabilities.

Jeneva also writes about love, sex, marriage, caregiving and all the regular life stuff.

As a result of her long experiences with caregiving, Jeneva considers herself a practical g/i nurse, queen of the medical necessity letter, keeper of the family exchequer, unlicensed physical therapist, and knowledgeable wheelchair mechanic.


  • Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, MFA 2007, poetry 
  • Columbia University, PhD 1994, English, Renaissance literature 
  • Middlebury College, BA 1986, English/creative writing, magna cum laude  


  • MacDowell Colony Fellow, April/May 2012, nonfiction: memoir
  • Millay Colony Fellow, September 2012, Wallace Foundation Fellow, nonfiction: lyric essay   
  • White House Champions of Change nomination, 2015, in Precision Medicine  
  • Pushcart Prize nominations, 2016, 2014, 2007 
  • Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, 1987-88, 1988-89; Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, 1992  

Arts Activities

  • Bethesda Teen Writers Group, co-leader, a program of the Maryland Writers Association and the Montgomery County Public Libraries; assistant editor for teen anthology, Emerging Voices (February 2016—present)  
  • CAREGIFTED, curator for The Giver is Gifted blog, representing caregiver voices in the arts; assist with fundraising (January 2016—January 2018)  
  • Pentimento: A Journal of All Things Disability (shuttered 2016), contributing editor (2015 – 2016)  
  • Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, Volunteer Fundraiser (February 2014)
  • Alice James Books, Volunteer Fundraiser and Public Relations Volunteer (2003 — 2008)   
  • Juror, Moving Words Poetry Competition 2008, Arlington VA