Janet Ruth Heller

P.O. Box 1297
Portage, MI 49081-1297

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. I have also published The Passover Surprise (Fictive Press, 2015). My picture book about bullying for children, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Arbordale, 2006), has won four national awards. Website http://www.janetruthheller.com/

Publications and Prizes

(WordTech Editions, 2013)
, Folk Concert: Changing Times
(Anaphora Literary Press, 2012)
, How the Moon Regained Her Shape
(Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2006)
, The Passover Surprise
(Fictive Press, 2015)
, Traffic Stop
(Finishing Line Press, 2011)
I Killed June Cleaver
(Hysteria Publications, 1999)
, Light Year '85
(Bits Press, 2015)
, Modern Poems on the Bible
(Jewish Publication Society, 1994)
, Our Mothers' Daughters
(Shameless Hussy Press, 1979)
, Poetry Out of Wisconsin 5
(Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 1980)
, Red Flower
(The Crossing Press, 1988)
, Women's Glib: A Collection of Women's Humor
(Crossing Press, 1991)
, Women's Spirituality, Women's Lives
(Routledge, 1995)
, Women’s Encounters with the Mental Health Establishment: Escaping the Yellow Wallpaper
(Haworth Press, 2002)
, Writers at Work
(National Writers Union, 2005)
Anima, Bloodroot, bottle rockets, CCAR Journal, Colorado-North Review, Cottonwood Review, Crucible, Earth's Daughters, 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 Won: 
My picture book about bullying for children, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Arbordale, 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 poem "Wild Turkeys in Mississippi, May 16, 1863" won first prize in the literary journal Crucible's poetry contest and was published in the journal in spring 2015. 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

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Milwaukee, WI
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Last updated: Aug 19, 2015