Penny Harter


Penny Harter's most recent collection, A Prayer the Body Makes, is her newest book, just out from Kelsay Books/Aldrich Press. Her other publications include eleven full-length collections of poetry, most recently, The Resonance Around Us (Mountains & Rivers Press, 2013). Earlier more recent full-length books are Grandmother's Milk; Turtle Blessing; Buried in the Sky; Lizard Light: Poems from the Earth; Stages and Views; The Night Marsh; and Recycling Starlight.


Numerous anthologies and journals worldwide have published her work, including X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia's An Introduction to Poetry (various publishers, 1990 onward); The Unswept Path (White Pine Press, 2005); The Book of Donuts (Terrapin Books 2017); Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems (Grayson Books, 2017); Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness & Connection (Green Writers Press, 2019) ​and others.


Along with her late husband, William J. Higginson, she is co-author of The Haiku Handbook (Kodansha America), and with him was a co-editor of From Here Press for many years. She is also the author of several chapbooks, including collections of haiku. Recent poems have appeared in such journals as The Naugatuk River Review, Persimmon Tree, Rattle, Tiferet, and featured on Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry. And poems of hers are included in several craft books, including The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics (Terrapin Book, 2018), The Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop (Terrapin Books, 2016) and The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (rev. edition, Terrapin Books, 2016), and Wingbeats (Dos Gatos Press).


Her awards include three Poetry Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Arnold Gingrich Award from the Poetry Society of America, a teaching-poet award from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and two fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In addition, her extended autobiography appears both in Contemporary Authors (Volume 172) and Contemporary Authors Autobiographical Series (Volume 28).