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Janice N. Harrington


Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, English
Professor, University Library

Creative/Performing Interests

  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry

Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and children's books. She has poems published or forthcoming in, among other journals, The Adroit Journal, The African American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Renaissance / Renaissance Noire, Callaloo, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, crazyhorse, FIELD, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, The Journal, Kenyon Review, The Laurel Review, Memorious, Missouri Review, New England Review, New Ohio Review, The Normal School, Orion, PANK, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, River Styx, Southern Humanities Review, The Southern Review, Stand, West Branch, and The Yale Review.

Highlighted Publications

Poetry Books

Yard Show. BOA Editions, forthcoming 2024.

Primitive: The Art and Life Horace H. Pippin. BOA Editions, 2016.

The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home. BOA Editions, 2011.

Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone. BOA Editions, 2007.


Children’s Books

Rooting for Plants: The Unstoppable Charles S. Parker, Black Botanist and Collector. Calkins Creek. Forthcoming 2023.

Hurry, Kate, or You’ll Be Late! Holiday House, 2023.

Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles H. Turner. Calkins Creek, Boyds Mills Press, 2019.

Catching a Storyfish. WordSong, Boyds Mills Press, 2016.

Busy-Busy Little Chick. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.

            French translation. Au boulot, P’tit Cocot! Le Genévrier, 2014.

Roberto Walks Home. Viking/Penguin, 2008.

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

            Korean translation. Gibburi, 2009.

Going North. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.

Recent Publications

Harrington, J., & Taylor III, T. (2023, Aug 29). Rooting for Plants: The Unstoppable Charles S. Parker, Black Botanist and Collector. Calkins Creek.

Harrington, J. N. (2022). Sampler. Georgia Review, 756(3), 652-653.

Harrington, J. N. (2022). Two Women. Georgia Review, 756(3), 651.

Harrington, J. (2021). Lavishness. Beloit Poetry Journal, 71(1), 59-60.

Harrington, J. (2021). The Word You’re Looking For, and: Nocturne, and: Layered Pigments. Southern Review, 57(1), 124-128.

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