Janet Butler


2260 Santa Clara Ave Apt E
Alameda, CA 94501

Author's Bio

I started writing poetry in 2004, after almost 10 years devoted to watercolor painting. Since 2004, I have had six chapbooks published, including "Upheaval", which was one of three winners in the Red Ochre Press Chapbook Contest for 2012. I have also had the pleasure of placing in the Bay Area Poets Coalition contest (BAPC) four times in the last five years. Like my fellow poets, I have also had several hundred individual poems published online and in print. Since September, 2014, I have devoted myself to the Tanka form, and have recently had a tanka selected as Editor's Choice (Cattails, winter, 2015) and several tanka published in other specialized journals: Ars Poetica, Undertow, A Hundred Gourds, and Red Lights. I continue to read and study both modern and classical tanka, as well as read, with great pleasure, contemporary poetry.

Publications & Prizes

Searching for Eden (Finishing Line Press, 2012)
Under Italian Skies (Flutter Press, 2010)
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Since 2010, I have placed four times in the last five years in the Bay Area Poets Coalition Maggi H. Meyer Memorial Contest, open to poets throughout the US; in 2014, "Ode to Mars" place 2nd in the Balticon 48 national Science Fiction Society's annual contest, Baltimore, Maryland. "Upheaval" was one of three winners in the Red Ochre Press Chapbook Contest for 2012.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
"Where Angels Fear to Tread" by E.M. Forster, "The Ink Dark Moon" classical tanka poetry by Translated by Jane Hirshfield with Mariko Aratani, "Cider Press Review" vol 8 by Caron Andregg & Robert Wynne, co-editors, "Tipton Poetry Journal" Issue #6 by Nicole Adrienne Aguiniga, Guest Editor, "The Devil's Sonata" by David Chorlton

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Identifies as: 
European American
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Born in: 
Brady's Bend
Raised in: 
Arnold, PA, PA
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Last update: Feb 11, 2015