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Janice N. Harrington
Born 1956 (age 66–67)
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Nebraska
University of Iowa(MLS)
Occupation poet and children's writer

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


She grew up in Vernon, Alabama. Her family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to escape racial segregation when she was eight.

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



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