Janice Harrington was born and spent her early childhood in Vernon, Ala. When she was eight, her family moved to Nebraska. Harrington attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, graduating with a BS in Education in 1978. She worked as a public school teacher in Omaha, Neb., from 1979 to 1980. In 1981, Harrington earned an MA in Library Science from the University of Iowa. During the 1980s, she worked as a librarian in Iowa, Illinois, and Louisiana. Harrington became the head of youth services at the public library in Champaign, Ill., in 1990. She worked as a professional storyteller from 1984 to 2002. Her first book, Going North, published in 2004, retold the story of her family’s move from Alabama to Nebraska. Harrington began publishing her poems in literary magazines in the late 1990s. A collection of her poems was published in 2007.
Janice Harrington writes poetry about her experience as a black woman in America. Her books for children are inspired by her childhood in rural Alabama.
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Photo by Jon Dessen-Illini Studio; courtesy of Janice N. Harrington.
Last updated on Aug 28, 2009.