Gregory Tarsiscis Janetka was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1982 and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. He studied political science at American University in Washington D.C. for three years before realizing he wasn’t cut out for that world, and finished his degree at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
Directionless, he moved to Orlando, Florida to pursue a childhood dream to work at Walt Disney World, which he soon realized he was no longer cut out for either. Ambling back to Chicagoland he continued doing what he had always done – write stories. Family illness took him back to Orlando and subsequently to Huntsville, Alabama. In 2015, he escaped to San Diego. After four years of sunny southern California, he returned to the land of his birth, where he drinks green tea, watches Australian soap operas, and writes whenever he can.
As for Janetka, the only constants throughout his youth were writing and his fear to show it to anyone. When he finally did in 2014, he was published in Every Writer, Foliate Oak, Flyover County Review and Deltona Howl. Since then he has had pieces in Gambling the Aisle, The Flash Fiction Press, The Journal of Microliterature, The Machinery, Scarlet Leaf Review, Rum Punch Press, Birch Gang Review, Heartwood, Gravel, Twisted Vine, Fictive Dream, Storgy, Five on the Fifth, Dime Show Review, Glass Mountain, Litbreak, Door Is A Jar, Backchannels, The Phoenix, Madcap Review, XRAY, Hawaii Pacific Review and Helix Literary Magazine. He is currently looking for representation for his first novel.
Read his interview with the Scarlet Leaf Review (December 2016)
Watch his introduction video (October 2022)
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Hopefully someday this house’ll disappear
and everything will be a giant field of grass and you’ll be there.
We’ll jump into a well together and be free.