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poet , English educator

Penny Harter, American Poet, English educator. Recipient Arnold Gingrich Memorial award New Jersey State Council on Arts, 1978,Honorable Mention awrd Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition, 1988, Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial award Poetry Society American, 1987; New Jersey.State Council on Arts fellow in writing, 1985, 88, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation fellow in teaching of writing, 1985.


Harter, Penny was born on April 9, 1940 in New York City. Daughter of George and Barbara (Kingsley) Harter.


Bachelor English Education, Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1961.


Teacher English South Plainfield High School, 1961—1962, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 1962—1965, Woodbridge Township Board Education, New Jersey, 1978—1983, Madison High School and Junior High School, 1983—1991. Instructor English Santa Fe Preparatory School, 1991—2002, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit, New Jersey, 2002—2005. Adjunct instructor English, Union County College, Cranford, New Jersey, 1987-1989.

Editor From Here Press, Summit, 1979-2008. Consultant in writing and teaching of writing, since 1972, teaching artist, New Jersey State Council on Arts, Arts in Education Program, since 2002.


  • Certified in secondary English.



Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association New Mexico, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association International, Poetry Society American, Haiku Society American (president 1986).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: walking, singing.


Ty George and Barbara (Kingsley) H. Married Charles H. Bihler, 1960 (divorced1980). Children: Charles, Nancy Flatery.

Married William J. Higginson, May 31, 1980.

George Harter

Barbara (Kingsley) Harter

Charles H. Bihler

William J. Higginson

Charles Harter

Nancy Flaherty Harter