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The Writer’s Block Interviews: Janet Heller

Originally posted by Raychelle Muhammad, August 27th, 2012

1) Tell us a bit about who you are, and where you live and work.

I’m a poet, college professor, literary critic, essayist, fiction writer, dramatist, and memoir writer. I have published the poetry books Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012), Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011), the scholarly book Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama (University of Missouri Press, 1990), and the award-winning children’s fiction picture book about bullying How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Sylvan Dell, 2006). I have a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. My play The Cell Phone won fourth place in a national contest and was performed twice at the Fenton Village Players One-Act Play Festival on June 24-25, 2011 in Fenton, Michigan. I have taught writing, literature, and women’s studies courses for Western Michigan University, Albion College, Michigan State University, Olivet College, Grand Valley State University, the University of Chicago, and Northern Illinois University. I’m a past president of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature, and I’m currently president of the Michigan College English Association. I live in Portage, Michigan, with my husband. My hobbies are hiking, singing, and bird-watching.

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