Janée J. Baugher

Author's Bio

Janée J. Baugher is the author of two ekphrastic poetry collections, Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books) and The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach). Before her first book was published in 2010, it had been shortlisted at Carnegie Mellon Press. In June of that year, the book made the Small Press Distribution bestseller’s list. Of the book, David Guterson wrote, “I was enchanted reading Coördinates of Yes. It’s honest and intimate without ever becoming precious, and it gives us the self without the usual indulgence. There’s an unusual, and refreshing, sincerity in these poems, from a poet who has stripped herself of cynicism.” Her second collection was published in 2013 and had been shortlisted at Saturnalia Books. In her review of the book, acclaimed creative nonfiction writer Judith Kitchen wrote, “Baugher’s ekphrastic poems move in a synaesthetic dance with the physical body.” To date, her books are collected in several dozen libraries around the world, including the British Library. Baugher holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and her nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and criticism have been published in nearly 100 anthologies and journals, including Boulevard, Nano Fiction, The Writer’s Chronicle, The American Journal of Poetry, and Nimrod. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and Bread Loaf Conference participant, Baugher held a two-year post as a Humanities Washington Inquiring Minds Speaker, in which she lectured across Washington State on writers and visual artists of the Lost Generation. Over the years she’s taught nearly 1,000 students at these learning institutions: Northeastern University; University of Phoenix; Seattle Public Library; Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Alaska; The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, Washington; Centrum Writers’ Conference, Port Townsend, Washington; Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference, Edmonds, Washington; Richard Hugo Literary House, Seattle; The Bush School, Seattle; Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan; Interlochen College of Creative Arts, Michigan; University of Washington–Experimental College; Highline Community College, Des Moines, Washington; Eastern State Hospital, Medical Lake, Washington; Lewis and Clark High School, Spokane, Washington; and Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington. The courses she has taught include: Poetry Writing; Poetry Workshop; Ekphrastic Poetry; Science Poetry; Research and Writing for Graduate Students; Pop Culture and the Arts, Children’s Literature in a Pluralistic Society; Multicultural Literature; Literature and the American South; Poetry and Society; Flash Nonfiction; Flash Fiction: Write Prose like a Poet; Principles of Writing; Essay Writing; Sentence and Paragraph Writing; Narrative and Verse; Fiction Writing and Workshop; Revision: Poems & Stories. Her professional experience also includes these positions: Poetry Reader, Boulevard Magazine, St. Louis; Judge, Write on the Sound Writers’ Conference poetry contest; Associate Editor, StringTown Literary Journal, Spokane; Panel organizer and presenter, Association of Writers & Writing Programs; Co-Editor, Switched-on Gutenberg: A Global Poetry Journal; Chair of the Creative Writing Program, Interlochen Arts Camp; Poetry Advisor, Creative Afternoons: Educational workbook & CDs; Editor/Writer, Booksurge Global Publisher; Poetry Editor, Willow Springs, Spokane; and Intern, Eastern Washington University Press, Spokane; Managing Editor, In Roads Anthology, Spokane. Baugher’s interdisciplinary collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, and choreographers. Over the years she has had a dozen poems adapted for the stage and set to music. Those venues include University of Cincinnati–Conservatory of Music, Contemporary Dance Theatre (Ohio), Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan), and Dance Now! Ensemble (Florida). As a spoken-word artist, Baugher performed at Seattle Center’s Arts Edge, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, and Folklife Festival. Baugher has presented her poetry at the Library of Congress, and she has been awarded nonfiction fellowships at the Soaring Gardens Artists’ Retreat (Pennsylvania), Island Institute of Sitka (Alaska), Silver Creek Residency (Idaho), The Marble House Project (Vermont), and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony (California). Prior to pursuing a career in the Arts, she earned a BS in Human Anatomy/Physiology and Chemistry from Boston University and worked for many years as a histocompatibility technologist in an immunogenetics laboratory in Seattle.

Publications and Prizes

Coordinates of Yes
(Ahadada Books, 2010)
, The Body's Physics
(Tebot Bach, 2013)

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Last updated: May 15, 2017