Penny Harter

Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Author's Bio

Among my twenty-some books and chapbooks, my newest collection is *The Resonance Around Us* (Mountains & Rivers Press, 2013). Other recent books include *One Bowl*, a 2012 prizewinning e-chapbook (Snapshot Press:; *Recycling Starlight* (Mountains & Rivers Press, 2010. A cycle of grief poems processing the loss of my husband, William J. Higginson, in October of 2008.); and *The Night Marsh* (WordTech Editions, 2008). With my late husband, William J. Higginson, I co-authored *The Haiku Handbook* (25th Anniversary Edition, 2010), and my children’s alphabestiary, *The Beastie Book*, came out in December, 2009. Recent work appears in both print and on-line journals, including Adanna, Persimmon Tree, Pirene’s Fountain, Tatoo Highway, Rattle, Rose Red, The Quotable, Tiferet, and in anthologies including *Facing the Change* (Torrey House Press, 2013); *Forgetting Home:Poems About Alzheimer’s* (Barefoot Muse Press, 2013); *The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home* ( Holy Cow Press, 2013); *The Best of the Barefoot Muse* (2012); The Crafty Poet (Wind Publications, 2013), and in a craft lesson in *Wingbeats* (Dos Gatos Press, 2011). A Dodge poet,I was a featured reader at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival. For more information and sample poems from my books, you may visit my web site at: And for current and ongoing activities, readings, publication news, etc., please visit my blog at

Publications and Prizes

Along River Road
(From Here Press, 2005)
, Buried in the Sky
(La Alameda Press, 2001)
, Lizard Light: Poems From the Earth
(Sherman Asher Publishing, 1998)
, One Bowl
(Snapshot Press, 2012)
, The Night Marsh
(WordTech Editions, 2008)
, The Resonance Around Us
(Mountains and Rivers Press, 2013)
, Turtle Blessing
(La Alameda Press, 1996)
American Nature Writing 2002
(Fulcrum, 2001)
, Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude
(Holy Cow Press, 2012)
, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzhemier's Disease
(Kent State University Press, 2012)
, Come Together: Imagine Peace
(Bottom Dog Press, 2008)
, Contemporary Haibun, Volume 12
(Red Moon Press, 2010)
, Finding the Way Home: Poems of Awakening and Transformation
(White Pine Press, 2010)
, Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness & Open Your Heart
(Shambhala, 2008)
, Not a Muse: A World Poetry Anthology
(Haven Books, 2009)
, Sisters of the Earth
(Vintage, 2003)
, The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, Edited by Diane Lockward
(Wind Publications, 2013)
, The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary
(Jersey Shore Publications, 2005)
, The Unswept Path: Contemporary American Haiku
(White Pine Press, 2005)
, Wingbeats: Exercises and Practices in Poetry
(Dos Gatos Press, 2011)
Paterson Literary Review, Qarrtsiluni, Sea Stories, Shearsman, Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, U.S. 1, Umbrella, Valparaiso Poetry Review
Recycling Starlight
(Mountains and Rivers Press, 2010)
Prizes Won: 
Three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; the Mary Carolyn Davies Award from the Poetry Society of America; the William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for poems in "American Nature Writing, 2002"; and two fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA)for residencies in January 2011 and March 2015.

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Staten Island, NY & Clark, NJ
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Last updated: Aug 15, 2018