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Jane Unrue

Jane Unrue

Award-winning novelist | Harvard writing professor

Long before Harvard hired her to direct its Scholars at Risk program, Jane Unrue learned a thing or two about the written word from the man who’d become a mentor. 

“I remember my first writing teacher, Mark Costello, with whom I began to study while still a piano-performance major," she says. "I remember sitting on the floor throughout that first meeting of the class — I was granted a spot and had made it into a chair by the second meeting — and feeling excited about being on that floor in the English Department and not in my lonely practice room in Smith Hall.

"I also remember working at a little coffee place called the Daily Grind, for a wonderful man named Mr. Lee, and loving it."