Penny Harter has worked as a teaching artist, visiting elementary and secondary schools all over New Jersey for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts AIE program, the New Jersey Writers Project, and the Dodge Foundation. Her poems and short fiction appear in numerous anthologies and magazines worldwide, and her autobiographical essay appears in Contemporary Authors. A teacher of high school English for many years, her essays on teaching writing appear in several volumes published by Teachers & Writers Collaborative. In January, 2009, she moved from Summit (Union County) to Mays Landing (Atlantic County).

Her more recent books include Recycling Starlight (2010), The Night Marsh (2008), Along River Road (2005), Buried in the Sky (2001), and Lizard Light: Poems From the Earth (1998), and she has given readings, talks, and workshops coast-to-coast, as well as in Canada and Japan. Her illustrated children’s alphabestiary, The Beastie Book, was published by Shenanigan Books in December, 2009, and a 25th anniversary edition of The Haiku Handbook, co-written with her late husband, the poet and translator William J. Higginson, also came out from Kodansha International in 2009.

She has received three fellowships in poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a teaching award from the Dodge Foundation, and the Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award from Poetry Society of America. She also was named the first recipient of the William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award. A Dodge poet, she was invited to read at the 2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, and she recently received a fellowship from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) for a residency there in January, 2011.