Janine DeBaise’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Portland Review, North American Review, and Poetry International. She has published two collections of poetry: Body Language from Main Street Rag Publishing and Of a Feather from Finishing Line Press.
Her creative non-fiction has appeared in journals that include Hawk & Handsaw, Southwest Review, and Orion Magazine. Her essays have appeared in the anthology Why We’re Here: New York Essayists on Living Upstate published by Colgate University Press and the anthology Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together from the MIT Press.
She is the author of the long-running blog writing as jo(e).
Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, received an Honorable Mention from the New Millennium Writing Competition, and received Special Merit from the New Women’s Voices Poetry Chapbook Contest. She has done poetry readings all over the country.
Janine teaches writing and literature at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, New York. Her academic work has been published in journals such as Hybrid Pedagogy and Writing on the Edge. Her reflections about teaching in a living/learning community appeared in the book Building and Sustaining Learning Communities by Hurd and Stein. Her scholarly work and book reviews have appeared in places such as the anthology Ecocritical Aesthetics: Language, Beauty, and the Environment from Indiana University Press and the journal Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (ISLE).
From 1989 to 1993, Janine worked as editor-in-chief of Central New York Environment, a regional environmental publication. She has served on the executive council of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) where she is co-founder and co-organizer of the Creative Caucus. She is currently serving as the coordinator of the ASLE Environmental Creative Writing Book Award.
Janine has taught creative writing workshops for young children, for teenagers, and for adults. She's read her creative work at art museums, nature centers, coffee houses, academic conferences, bookstores, and bars. She's judged creative writing competitions for local events such as the NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics in the Syracuse area high schools and for international competitions, such as the ASLE Environmental Creative Writing Book Award. Some of her poetry hangs in public areas in Syracuse through the Syracuse Poster Project.
Janine has spoken at numerous conference on topics such as ecofeminism, the value of play in the classroom, the future of blogging, the academic advantages of learning communities, the intersection of science and literature, meditation in the composition classroom, and ecocriticism.
Janine has lived her whole life in upstate New York, where she and her husband raised four amazing kids.