JANINE HARRISON, M.A., M.F.A., teaches creative and freelance writing at American Public University, is a freelance writer, a teaching artist, and the 2017-18 Highland (IN) Poet Laureate. She wrote If We Were Birds (Moria, 2017). Her work has also appeared in Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, A&U, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, Treehouse Arts, The Broadsheet Journal, Gyroscope Review, and other publications. Former Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras included Janine in his The Wabash WatershedSix Indiana Women Poets” feature. Her most recent scholarly texts have been published or are forthcoming in Women Versed in Myth: Modern Women Poets and CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing. She is a former leader of the literary not-for-profit organization, Indiana Writers’ Consortium, and has given speeches and readings as well as led workshops and other literary events around the Midwest. Janine is also a poetry reader and reviewer for The Florida Review. She was born and raised in Riverdale, Illinois. Currently, Janine lives in Highland, Indiana, with her husband, fiction writer Michael Poore, and artist daughter, Jianna Sol. Whether with family or solo, she loves to travel and experience other cultures, serving when she is able.