Janice Harrington

Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and children's books. She has published several collections of poetry, beginning with Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. Her latest collection is Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin. Her latest children's book is Catching a Storyfish, a novel in verse. Harrington's picturebooks include Busy-Busy Little Chick, The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County (included on Time Magazine's list of the Top 10 children's books of the year and winner of the Cybils Award for the best picturebook of the year), Going North (all from Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and Roberto Walks Home (Viking/Penguin). Harrington's poetry appears regularly in American literary magazines and has led to a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and appearances on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She also curates a blog on poetic imagery: A Space for Image. Harrington's work in progress includes new collections of poetry and a biography for children. For more information, see her website.

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