Janice N. Harrington
Pen Name: None
Born: in Vernon, Alabama
Genre: Poetry, Childrens
Photo Credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths
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.
- 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)
Release Date: 2011-09-20
Roberto Walks Home
Release Date: 2008-10-30
Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (New Poets of America)
Release Date: 2007-04-01
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County
Release Date: 2007-03-20
Going North (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards))
Release Date: 2004-09-08
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
- Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, New York Public Library, 2005
- 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
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