JANINE HARRISON, M.A., M.F.A., teaches creative and freelance writing, literature, and linguistics at Calumet College of St. Joseph (IN) and American Public University (online, based in WV), and is a freelance writer, a teaching artist, and a former Highland (IN) Poet Laureate (2017-18). She wrote If We Were Birds (Moria Books, 2017) and her first full-length poetry collection, Weight of Silence, is forthcoming (Wordpool Press, September 2019). 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 Watershed “Six Indiana Women Poets” feature. Her most recent scholarly texts have been published in Women Versed in Myth: Modern Women Poets and CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing. She is a former literary not-for-profit organization leader and has led, read, and spoken at literary events around the Midwest. Janine is also a poetry reader and reviewer for The Florida Review. She was born and raised in Chicago. Currently, Janine lives in Highland, Indiana, with her husband, fiction writer Michael Poore, and teen artist daughter, Jianna Sol. Whether as a family or solo, she loves to travel internationally, experiencing other cultures and serving when she is able.
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