JANINE HARRISON (she/her) 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, teaching artist, storyteller, and former Highland (IN) Poet Laureate (2017-18). She wrote Turning 50 on El Camino de Santiago: A Solo Woman’s Travel Journey (Rivette Press, 2021),  Weight of Silence (Wordpool Press, 2019) and  If We Were Birds (Moria Books, 2017); she collaboratively wrote An Irish Love Story. Her work has also appeared in Burningword Literary Journal, Leave them something, Haikus for Hikers, 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, Joyride, 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 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, Indiana Writers’ Consortium, leader and has performed at literary events around the Midwest. Janine also served as a poetry reader and reviewer for The Florida Review. She is currently a member of the Highland Arts Council. Born and raised in Chicago, 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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