Jinny grew up in Glendale, California, adjoining Los Angeles
and Hollywood, a reader from the age of four. She came to
the University of California as a seventeen-year old with
a ten month old baby and a husband on a football scholarship,
back when UCSB still had a football team. In her years as
an English major and MA student in literature, she longed
to travel, but wasn't able to until she and her husband were
sent to the island of Cyprus for a year as Fulbright teachers
and spent the following summer camping around Europe. That
wanderlust and curiosity about the world has never left her.
During a 33 year career at Santa Barbara City College, Jinny
taught literature and writing courses including composition,
creative writing, and literature from contemporary poetry
and fiction to British and American literature surveys to
Shakespeare to World Literature, Homer to Dante, and mythology.
In the 70's she instituted the Contemporary Women Writers
course at SBCC, which led to the textbook/anthology published
by Houghton Mifflin in 1978, Woman as Writer. She was co-founder
of semester long Study Abroad programs for the college and
directed and taught in nine of them in Cambridge and London
England and in Florence, Italy between 1984 and 2006.
In the spring of 2000 she delivered the annual Faculty Lecture,
'Myth, Magic, and Metamorphosis,' which focused on Shakespeare
and Ovid. She has also taught writing courses at Antioch University,
Santa Barbara, and literature at Pacific Graduate Institute
in Carpinteria, and the Osher Institute of Lifetime Learning,
formerly a part of the University of California, Santa Barbara
extended learning program and now run by California State
University, Channel Islands.
Her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California,
Santa Barbara, emphasized the study of mythology and religion
and literature; her dissertation The Prophetic Truth of Doris
Lessing: a Study of Canopus in Argos, 1986. An expanded chapter
from that work which she delivered in 1997 at the Modern Language
Association is published in Spiritual Explorations in the
Works of Doris Lessing, Greenwood Press, 1999.
Her theatrical experience includes playing Titania in an
amateur production of Midsummer Night's Dream in the 1980's,
wearing a body suit and flowers, and in the 90's productions
of As You Like It (Corin the Shepherd) and Taming of the Shrew
(the lusty widow), somewhat more modestly dressed. For her
sabbatical project in 1998 she stage-managed and served as
assistant director of an all-faculty production of As You
Like It at SBCC, guest-directed by Jim Edmundson of the Oregon
In 2004, she and David Starkey formed 'New Bard Productions'
in Santa Barbara, offering two of Starkey's plays at Center
Stage Theatre, Soccer Moms and Julianne Caesar. In 2006 she
produced and directed his How Red the Fire at SBCC and in
2008 organized a ten-minute play festival at the college featuring
plays written by playwriting students including her own play
about Queen Margaret, that bitter cursing
woman in Shakespeare's Richard III, entitled Immortal Choice.
Her current project is a major publication event of a three-volume
Actor Trilogy," to be published 2012 through 2013.
Jinny lives in Santa Barbara, California and spends a portion
of each year in Britain and traveling in Europe for research,
theatre, and pleasure. She belongs to Pen International, the
Modern Language Association, Romance Writers of America, and
many environmental groups.