Penny Harter

Poet, Fiction Writer

Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Author's Bio

Among my twenty-some books and chapbooks, my newest collection, *A Prayer the Body Makes* has just been published by Kelsay Books / Aldrich Press in the spring of 2020. My next most recent 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, The Orchards Poetry Journal, 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); *Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness & Connection (Green Writers Press, 2019); *The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home* ( Holy Cow Press, 2013); *The Best of the Barefoot Muse* (2012); *The Book of Donuts* (Terrapin Books, 2017); The Crafty Poet (Wind Publications, 2013); The Crafty Poet II (2016  ); The Practicing Poet (2018); 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 new web site at: pennyharter And for current and ongoing activities, readings, publication news, etc., please visit my Books page and Blog page on the same new website.

Publications & Prizes

The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, Edited by Diane Lockward (Wind Publications, 2013)
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)
Wingbeats: Exercises and Practices in Poetry (Dos Gatos Press, 2011)
Finding the Way Home: Poems of Awakening and Transformation (White Pine Press, 2010)
Contemporary Haibun, Volume 12 (Red Moon Press, 2010)
Not a Muse: A World Poetry Anthology (Haven Books, 2009)
Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press, 2008)
Haiku Mind: 108 Poems to Cultivate Awareness & Open Your Heart (Shambhala, 2008)
The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary (Jersey Shore Publications, 2005)
The Unswept Path: Contemporary American Haiku (White Pine Press, 2005)
Sisters of the Earth (Vintage, 2003)
American Nature Writing 2002 (Fulcrum, 2001)
The Resonance Around Us (Mountains and Rivers Press, 2013)
One Bowl (Snapshot Press, 2012)
The Night Marsh (WordTech Editions, 2008)
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)
Turtle Blessing (La Alameda Press, 1996)
Recycling Starlight (Mountains and Rivers Press, 2010)
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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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Last update: Jul 16, 2020