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Janice N. Harrington

Poetry

Interviewed by: Robert Stewart

Catalog Number: 20140905, 20140328

Though she came to writing late, having spent nearly two decades as a librarian and professional storyteller, Janice N. Harrington draws from myriad experiences to create her poetry and children's stories. Her first children's book, Going North, was inspired by her move from segregated Alabama when she was eight and won the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Life in Alabama also influenced her 2007 poetry collection, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone. In this interview with New Letters magazine editor Robert Stewart, Harrington reads from her 2011 collection The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home, which reflects on her time working as a nurses' aide. She talks about discovering the importance of the difficult, sometimes graphic experiences of that time and how putting them into poetry help ensure that the people she met there would not be forgotten. New Letters (Vol. 80, No. 2) features an extended version of this interview with Janice N. Harrington.

| Subject Matter: Storytelling, Mortality, Life | Interview Year: 2014 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award |

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