Penny Harter is published widely in journals and anthologies, including recent work in Persimmon Tree, The Quotable, Tiferet, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Her literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in Contemporary Authors. Her twenty-two books and chapbooks include One Bowl (a prizewinning e-book of haibun, 2012); Recycling Starlight (2010); The Beastie Book, an illustrated alphabestiary (2009); and The Night Marsh (2008). A new collection, The Resonance Around Us is forthcoming from Mountains and Rivers Press.
She was a featured reader at the 2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, and she has won three poetry fellowships from the NJSCA; the Mary Carolyn Davies Award from the Poetry Society of America; the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for her work in the anthology American Nature Writing 2002; and a January 2011 fellowship from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Widowed in 2008, in 2009 she moved to the South Jersey shore area to be near her daughter and family. She works in the Poets-in-the-Schools program for the NJSCA.