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Janet Ruth Heller

Author's Bio

I have published 3 poetry books: Exodus (WordTech Editions, 2013), Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012), and Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011). I have a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. I am president of the Michigan College English Association. I co-founded Primavera, an award-winning literary journal. The University of Missouri Press published my scholarly book, Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama (1990). My creative nonfiction essay “Returning to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin” appeared in Midwestern Miscellany (2008). My play The Cell Phone won fourth place in a national contest and was performed at the Fenton Village Players One Act Play Festival in June, 2011, in Fenton, Michigan. My picture book about bullying for children, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Sylvan Dell, 2006), has won four national awards. Website http://www.redroom.com/author/janet-ruth-heller

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Exodus (WordTech Editions, 2013), Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012), Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011), How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2006)
Anthologies:
Light Year '85 (Bits Press, 2015), Writers at Work (National Writers Union, 2005), Women’s Encounters with the Mental Health Establishment: Escaping the Yellow Wallpaper (Haworth Press, 2002), I Killed June Cleaver (Hysteria Publications, 1999), Women's Spirituality, Women's Lives (Routledge, 1995), Modern Poems on the Bible (Jewish Publication Society, 1994), Women's Glib: A Collection of Women's Humor (Crossing Press, 1991), Red Flower (The Crossing Press, 1988), Poetry Out of Wisconsin 5 (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 1980), Our Mothers' Daughters (Shameless Hussy Press, 1979)
Journals:
Anima, Bloodroot, bottle rockets, CCAR Journal, Colorado-North Review, Cottonwood Review, Encore, Frogpond, Grand Valley Review, Heresies, Jewish Quarterly, Jewish Spectator, Journal of Popular Culture, Judaism, Kentucky Poetry Review, Lilith, Mayfly, Mendocino Review, Midstream, Minnesota Review, Modern Maturity, Paper Wasp, Pilgrimage, Poetica, Primavera, Pulp, Reconstructionist, Response, San Fernando Poetry Journal, Seeding the Snow, Shofar, Sugar Mule, The Heron's Nest, The Pegasus Review, The Poet, The Spoon River Quarterly, The Writer, Voices Israel, Wind Literary Journal, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Womanspirit, Women & Language
Prizes:
My picture book about bullying for children, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Sylvan Dell, 2006), won a Book Sense Pick (2006), a Children’s Choices selection (2007), a Benjamin Franklin Award (2007), and a Gold Medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards (2007). In 2009, How the Moon Regained Her Shape was one of five finalists for the Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award given by the Oregon Reading Association. My poetry book Traffic Stop was a semi-finalist in the 2010 chapbook competition held by Finishing Line Press. My play The Cell Phone won fourth place in a national contest and was performed at the Fenton Village Players One Act Play Festival on June 24-25, 2011, in Fenton, Michigan. Primavera, a journal that I co-founded, has won awards from Chicago Women in Publishing and the Illinois Arts Council and grants from CCLM and the NEA. My poem "Moving In" won the Friends of Poetry annual contest for 1989 and was displayed in buses in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With the other winners, I gave a poetry reading at the Kalamazoo Art Center and videotaped a poetry reading for cable television. My poetry book manuscript was a Finalist for the Richard Snyder Memorial Poetry Prize given by Ashland Poetry Press, judged by Robert Phillips, in 2005.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon, Navaho Folk Tales by Franc Johnson Newcomb, Miriam's Tambourine: Jewish Folktakes from around the World by Edited by Howard Schwartz, The Book of Seventy by Alicia Ostriker, The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola
Favorite Books:
Unnatural Causes by P. D. James, Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon, Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich, Blubber by Judy Blume, Fudge by Judy Blume,
Favorite Authors:
S. T. Coleridge, W. B. Yeats, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Margaret Atwood, Alicia Ostriker, Adrienne Rich, Dylan Thomas, Oscar Wilde, William Wordsworth, Jorge Guillen, Judith Minty, Athol Fugard, Federico Garcia Lorca, William Shakespeare, Hart Crane, Seamus Heaney, Toni Cade Bambara, Gwendolyn Brooks, Gail Griffin, Lisel Mueller, Robert Burns, Jim Daniels, Grace Paley, Yehudah HaLevi, Yehudah Amichai, Maxine Kumin, Mong-Lan, Marge Piercy, Judy Blume, Jaimy Gordon, P.D. James, Alberto Ríos, Naomi Shihab Nye

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Listing last updated: December 25, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Jewish
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
Spanish
Born in:
Milwaukee, WI
Raised in:
Milwaukee, WI

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