Penny Harter

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Penny Harter

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Penny Harter's most recent chapbook, Recycling Starlight, came out in the fall of 2010 from Mountains and Rivers Press. This cycle of poems charts her journey through grief toward healing after the death of her husband, William J. Higginson, in October, 2008. A new chapbook-length collection of haibun, One Bowl, was one of eight winners of an international short poem e-book competition from Snapshot Press in England and will be posted on-line sometime during Spring 2012. Her other books include The Night Marsh (2008), Along River Road (2005), Buried in the Sky (2002), Lizard Light; Poems from the Earth (1998), and Turtle Blessing (1996).  With her late  husband she co-authored The Haiku Handbook (25th Anniversary Edition, 2010), and her children’s alphabestiary, The Beastie Book, came out in December, 2009. Her literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series (vol. 28, 1998); it also appears in Contemporary Authors (vol. 172, 1999).  She is published widely in journals and anthologies. Recent poems  appear in both print and on-line publications, including the journals Adanna, Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose, Tiferet, Umbrella, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Anthologies featuring her work include Finding the Way Home: Poems of Awakening and Transformation; Come Together, Imagine Peace; Beloved on the Earth:150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude; Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease; Sisters of the Earth, Second Edition; Not a Muse: A World Poetry Anthology; and Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to cultivate Awareness & Open Your Heart. A Dodge poet, she was invited to read at the 2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. She has received three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, including the Arnold Gingrich Memorial Award. She also received a fellowship in teaching writing from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Mary Carolyn Davies Award from the Poetry Society of America, the William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for poems in American Nature Writing, 2002, and a fellowship from VCCA for a residency during January, 2011. Her essays on teaching writing appear in The Alphabet of the Trees: A Guide to Nature Writing; The Teachers and Writers Guide to William Carlos Williams; and The Teachers and Writers Guide to Classic American Literature (all published by Teachers & Writers Collaborative); An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art, (U. of Michigan, 2002); and Wingbeats:Exercises & Practice in Poetry (Dos Gatos Press, 2011). She also contributed a chapter on teaching to The Haiku Handbook (McGraw Hill, 1985; Kodansha, 1989; 25th Anniversary Edition, 2010). She lives in the southern  Jersey shore area and works as a  poet in the schools. For more information, please visit her web site: and blog: