Janice N. Harrington

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General Information

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Name: Janice N. Harrington

Pen Name: None

Born: in Vernon, Alabama

Genre: Poetry, Childrens

Website: http://janiceharrington.com/

Email: jharr@uiuc.edu

Photo Credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Illinois Connection

Harrington lives in Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and is the author of award-winning children's books. Growing up in Alabama and Nebraska, both settings figure prominently in her writing.

A Cave Canem Fellow, Harrington is also the winner of a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry. Her poetry appears regularly in American literary magazines and has led to awards from the Illinois Arts Council and appearances on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.

Previously a public librarian and a professional storyteller, she told stories at festivals around the country, including the National Storytelling Festival. Harrington currently teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Works

  • Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin, BOA Editions Ltd, 2016
  • Busy-Busy Little Chick, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
  • The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home, BOA Editions Ltd., 2011
  • Roberto Walks Home, Viking Juvenile, 2008
  • Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone, BOA Editions Ltd., 2007
  • The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2007
  • Going North, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004

Titles at Your Library

The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home (American Poets Continuum)

ISBN: 1934414549
Release Date: 2011-09-20

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Roberto Walks Home

ISBN: 0670063169
Release Date: 2008-10-30

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Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (New Poets of America)

ISBN: 1929918895
Release Date: 2007-04-01

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The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

ISBN: 0374312516
Release Date: 2007-03-20

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Going North (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards))

ISBN: 0374326819
Release Date: 2004-09-08

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Literary Awards

Busy-Busy Little Chick

  • 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book

Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone

  • A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions
  • Kate Tufts Discovery Award

The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County

  • Top 10 Children's Books, Time magazine, 2007

Going North

  • Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, New York Public Library, 2005

Other Awards:

  • National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry, 2007
  • Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for emerging women writers, 2009
  • Poetry Society of America, New American Poets
  • Honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Janice N. Harrington on WorldCat


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