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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILDREN Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: in Vernon, Alabama



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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Busy-Busy Little Chick"""

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014


-- """Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone"""

-- *A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, 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


-- """Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner"""

-- *Best STEM Book, NSTA/CBC, 2020

-- *Starred Review, School Library Journal