Janine DeBaise’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including 13th Moon, Frontiers, and Poetry International. Her collection of poetry Of a Feather was published by Finishing Line Press.
Her creative non-fiction has appeared in journals such as Hawk & Handsaw: the Journal of Creative Sustainability, 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 State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-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.
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 more recently a member of the Creative Caucus. Her interest in feminist and environmental issues informs much of what she writes.
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.
She's 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 have raised four amazing kids and a whole bunch of cats.