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Janice N. Harrington
Nationality American
Occupation poet and children's writer

Janice N. Harrington is an American poet and children's writer.


She grew up in Alabama and Nebraska.

She worked as a public librarian in Champaign, Illinois, and as a professional storyteller, appearing at the National Storytelling Festival. She now teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her work appears in African American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Field, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, and other journals.

Selected awards

  • 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award
  • 2008 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, for Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone
  • A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize
  • 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry
  • 2007 TIME Magazine's top 10 children's books
  • 2007 Cybils Award for the year's best fiction picture book: "the children’s and YA bloggers’ literary awards"
  • 2005 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, for Going North
  • Illinois Arts Council Literary Award




Janice N. Harrington’s Even the Hollow My Body Made is Gone also dwells in place, and it creates its world with an authorial I even more effaced than Baker’s. The place is the American south in the mid-20th century, and before we meet its people we learn, from Harrington’s intense, cadence-driven lines, that we will be reading a poetry that calls out and sings to the world. The propulsive Alexandrine opening couplet of The Thief’s Tabernacle, which begins the collection, marks Harrington as the most rhythmically driven of these three poets...

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