About Janet Cannon's Poetry   IsleWrite.com

Janet Cannon is from the Boston area originally, but she has lived in Manhattan, San Francisco, Taos, Tucson, and Seattle--among other places. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa where she also did graduate work.

Among other teaching experiences, Janet has taught oral history writing workshops at the NYC Public Library (Chelsea Branch); and she has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at The New School in NYC, and community colleges in New York and New Mexico. Janet has also been an editor at Scholastic Books, and a technical writer and editor at several major high-tech corporations.

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Janet's poems have been published in many literary journals such as the Berkeley Poetry Review (University of California), William & Mary Review (College of William and Mary), Texas Review (Sam Houston State University), and G.W. Review (George Washington University)--among others. She has received awards from ASCAP, the Rio Grande Writers Association, and Bless Me Anima.

Janet has performed all over the United States by reading and singing her poems to enthusiastic audiences. She is the author of the following published book/chapbooks:
  • The Last Night in New York (Homeward Press)
  • Percipience (Cross Cut Saw Press)
  • Day Laborers (Plan B Press)

PUBLICATIONS Red Coyote (Vol. 32), University of South Dakota, "waning" and "gossip"; The William and Mary Review (Vol. 56), College of William and Mary, "kitchen noises"; Poetry South (Vol. 9), Mississippi University for Women, "flawed algorithm" and "letting go"; Straylight (Vol 11.1), University of Wisconsin-Parkside, "reasons"; Oracle Fine Arts Review (Vol. XIV), University of South Alabama, "signing "; Rockhurst Review (No. 28), Rockhurst University, "cry of the crocuses"; Prism Review (No. 15), University of LaVerne, "the faker"; Southwestern American Literature (Vol. 37, No. 2), Texas State University, San Marcos, "the worker", "on the mesa", and "the weaver"; Nebo: A Literary Journal (Vol. 30, No. 1), Arkansas Tech University, "tradition"; The Texas Review (Vol. 28, No. 3 and 4), Sam Houston State University, "day laborers"; G.W. Review (Vol. 8, No. 1), The George Washington University, "interlude"; Helicon Nine (No. 14 and 15), "vietnamese girl"; The Berkeley Poetry Review (No. 20), University of California / Berkeley, "after all"; Beatitude 33: Silver Anniversary, "last year's lover"; Connecticut River Review (Vol. 8, No. 1), Connecticut Poetry Society, "the neighbor"; New Mexico Humanities Review (Vol. 1, No. 2), New Mexico Tech, "two candles"; Passaic Review (No. 7 and 8), "learning to walk these streets"; San Marcos Review, "fantasy"; Croton Review (No. 9), Croton Council on the Arts, "inside the silhouette"; Peace or Perish: A Crisis Anthology, "portrait of a nuclear family"; Southwest Heritage (Vol. 11, No. 1), "town voyeur"; Rio Grande Writers Association Newsletter, "ode to a window washer"; Long Shot (Vol. 11), "we'll call him joe doe"; Potato Eyes (No. 1), "would-be friend"; Long Shot (Vol. 8), "facing it", "hattie", and "cafe tacoma"; Rochester Peace and Justice Education Center (No. 154), "jellyfish hail!"; Nowhere, "bonus" "after all"; Nada Poems, "warning", "maria", "in lieu of a photo of Manhattan", "a monday night", "a matter of difference", "not to forget"; Exit 13 (No. 1), "travels"; Waterways (Vol. 8, No. 10), "from the 5th story"; Sub Rosa (No. 14 and 15), "the pigeon"; Slant (Vol. 1), University of Central Arkansas, "someone's child"; Long Shot (Vol. 5), "x-queries the archbishop", "x-romantic", "what they're saying"; OrmFaer / Quarterly Review of Poetry (Vol. 1, No. 1), "as if"; Open 24 Hours (No. 5), "this is not India"; Long Shot (Vol. 4), "the neighbor" "some inner city teens", "indecision"; Howling Dog (Vol. 2, No. 2 and 3), "after all", "someone's child"; ByLine (No. 77), "misidentity"; Waterways (Vol. 6, No. 7), "warning"; Four Chambers (No. 3), "last night"; In Plein Air Anthology, (Poetic License Press), "new snow"; 21st Annual National Poetry Month Anthology, (New Brunswick NJ Public Library), "potluck". Pinyon (No. 30), Colorado Mesa University, "our drought"; The Sandy River Review (Vol. 38), University of Maine at Farmington, "new city"; The Hollins Critic (Vol. LIV, No. 1), Hollins University, "our house fly"; Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands, An Anthology of Poetry, Shabda Press, "portrait of a nuclear family" and "hail to the jellyfish"; Sin Fronteras / Writers without Borders (Vol. 21), Las Cruces, NM, "the player"; The Midwestern Quarterly (Vol. LV, No. 2), Pittsburgh State University, "neighborhood noises"; Curbside Splendor, "harry"; Wheelhouse Magazine (No. 1), "today at dinner time"; the Kerf, College of the Redwoods, "the primrose"; Stroker (No. 30), "six thirty sharp"; Planet Detroit Magazine (No. 6), "sloppy noises", "the party"; Earth First, "rush hour"; Stroker (No. 28), "learning to walk these streets" "six thirty sharp"; Big Scream (No. 18), "in lieu of a photo of n.y.c." "an understanding"; New Blood (No. 4), "maria", "monogamy vs. polygamy"; Long Shot (Vol. 2), "a matter of difference", "burned-out", "worms", "nervous", "a barking", "magpie"; Big Scream (No. 16), "a matter of difference", "a monday night", "san geronimo day: taos pueblo", "not to forget"; Smithereens Seasonal Sampler (Vol. 1, No. 1), "a monday night"; New Voices: Rebirth of Artemis (No. 1), "maria"; Long Shot (Vol. 3), "leaving iowa city: being cool!" "we all know"; Blaketimes (No. 2), "midday telegram"; Big Scream (No. 20), "warning", "this is not India"; New Blood (No. 10), "san geronimo: taos pueblo", "the pretenders"; Pastiche (Vol. 2, No. 5), "spoken for"; Again, "not to forget"; Southwest Heritage (Vol. 10, No. 2), "summer children"; Snippets (Vol. 1, No. 8), "isolated woman"; Southwest Women's Poetry Exchange (No. 9), "two candles" "act 32-scene 32-take 32"; Plumbers Ink (Vol. 2, No. 1), "elegy to displaced persons", "worms", "ode to my lover", "the last talk", "fresh cut green beans", "tossed salad neighbors" (Featured Poet); Crow Call, "act 32-scene-32-take 32"; San Francisco Poets Brigade Anthology (Vol. 2), "really?"; New Mexico Independent (Vol. 83, No. 32), "good luck charm"; The Margarine Mapole Orangoutang Express (No. 38), "going home"; Plumbers Ink (Vol. 1, No. 4), "so what else is new"; Taos News, "taos mud"; Crow Call (Vol. 1, No. 1), "from behind my lace curtains"; Power Ball (Vol. 4, No. 1), "powell street spring"; Plumbers Ink (Vol. 2, No. 2), "august morning" (in 3-voices); Poemphlet, "under my skin"; Big City Ball (Vol. 3, No. 2), "city poem"; Shades of Herself, "is it a drawing?", the woman in me"; Ball, "birth-mare"; Plexus, "welfare"; New York Quarterly (No. 28), "nervous"; Poetry Leaves  Anthology (Waterford Michigan Public Library), "lunch hour";  Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction (Vol. 9), "one side of over" and "on the way to work"; San Francisco Poets Brigade Anthology, "now goes viral"; Adanna Literary Journal, "let's be clear".

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA; St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM; Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA; St. Mark's Church, Manhattan, NY; Norfolk Arts Center, Norfolk, NE; Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Naropa Institute Assembly Hall, Boulder, CO; Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, TX; Manhattan Public Library, Jefferson Branch, Manhattan, NY; New College, San Francisco, CA; Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA; Harwood Library, Taos, NM; Cody's Books, Berkeley, CA; Boulder Public Library, Boulder, CO; Cornelia Street Cafe, Manhattan, NY; Lawson and the Arts, Cable TV, Channel 25, San Francisco, CA; Image Theater, Manhattan, NY; Kimo Theater, Albuquerque, NM; The Intersection, San Francisco, CA; Amos Enos Gallery, Manhattan, NY; Noel Fine Art, Bronxsville, NY; Weeds, Chicago, IL; The Green Mill, Chicago, IL; KXRT FM Radio, Taos, NM; The Melody, New Brunswick, NJ; Unison Learning Center, New Paltz, NY; Old Spaghetti Factory, San Francisco, CA; Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ; Open City Poetry Congress, San Francisco, CA; Grand Piano, San Francisco, CA; Dram Shoppe, Taos, NM; Brillig Books, Boulder, CO; Simpatica, Albuquerque, NM; Central Torta, Albuquerque, NM; Las Palomas, Taos, NM; Sheep's Head, Iowa City, IA; Taos Community Auditorium, Taos, NM; Boardwalk Restaurant, Taos, NM; Carlson-Black Gallery, Taos, NM; Outside-In, Santa Fe, NM; Stables Gallery, Taos, NM; First Majority Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA; The Pyramid, San Francisco, CA; Books Unlimited, Berkeley, CA; Neither/Nor, Manhattan, NY; Darinka, Manhattan, NY; The Roxy, New Brunswick, NJ; The Siren, Albuquerque, NM; The Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ; Downtown Center for the Arts, Albuquerque, NM; Cafe Bustelo, Manhattan, NY; At the Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Brazos Bookshop, Austin, TX; Cloud House, San Francisco, CA; Juliette's Tea Shop, San Francisco, CA; La Salamandra, Berkeley, CA; Oura Art Gallery, Dallas, TX; Spirit Runner Gallery, Taos, NM; Taos Gallery, Taos, NM; The Ship's Mast, Brooklyn, NY; Storefront Theater, Manhattan, NY; The Eagle Tavern, Manhattan, NY; Baltyk Cafe, Manhattan, NY; Chameleon, Manhattan, NY; The Spiral, Manhattan, NY; Up Front Muse, Manhattan, NY; The Trocadero, Manhattan, NY; ABC No Rio, Manhattan, NY; Unitarian Universalist Center , San Francisco, CA; Lizard's Tail, Brooklyn, NY; Knitting Factory, Manhattan, NY; CBGB's Gallery, Manhattan, NY; Nuyorican Poets' Cafe, Manhattan, NY; Orale Gallery, Taos, NM; The Depot Bookstore & Cafe, Mill Valley, CA.

* To view images from some of Janet's poetry readings, see:   Performance Photos and Flyers.


  • Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize (quarter finalist)
                      —  2015:  Dinner for Two
                      —  2014:  Saying and Telling
                      —  2013:  Day Laborers

  • Rio Grande Writers Association
    —  FIRST PLACE, Traditional Verse:  "ode to a window washer"

  • Rio Grande Writers Association
    —  HONORABLE MENTION, Mini-muse Poetry Contest:  "isolated woman"

  • Bless Me, Anima (at the Kimo Theater)
    —  POETRY PRIZE:  "who woman chant" (NM Arts grant to PAC)


  • Directory of American Poets and Writers

  • Directory of New Mexico Literary Sources

  • New York Quarterly Poet

  • International Who's Who in Poetry and Poets

  • Who's Who in U.S. Writers Editors and Poets

  • Vesta's Who's Who of North American Poets

  • 2000 Notable American Women


The Last Night in New York
Homeward Press
Day Laborers
Plan B Press
Crosscut Saw Press
* Janet's book/chapbooks are archived at the Poets House in New York City.


—  Radio Host: Poetry Patch—creator and host of a weekly poetry program on KXRT FM (Taos, NM).

—  Editor: Scholastic Books—project editor for the Literacy Place teacher edition textbook (Manhattan, NY).

—  Co-Editor: Crow Call—founder and co-editor of the poetry magazine and published poemphlets (Taos, NM).

—  Editor & Writer: McClanahan and Co.—editor and writer for sections of a teacher edition textbook (Manhattan, NY).

—  Poetry Reading Coordinator: First Majority (FM)—founder and host of poetry reading series at the FM Art Gallery (Berkeley, CA).

—  Poetry Reading Coordinator: Harwood Library—founder and host of poetry reading series at the public library (Taos, NM).

Poetry Workshop, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA (featured poet and workshop leader); Poetry Workshop, Northeast Nebraska Community College, Norfolk, NE (featured poet, lecturer, and workshop leader); Oral History Writing Workshop, New York City Public Library, Manhattan, NY (poetry and prose writing teacher at the Chelsea Branch); Poetry Workshop, Hoboken, NJ (guest poet); Poetry Workshop, Taos Middle School, Taos, NM (guest poet); Creative Writing, Taos Day School, Taos Indian Pueblo, Taos, NM (language and creative writing teacher); Poetry & Songwriting, Martin Luther King High School, Manhattan, NY (workshop teacher in the after school program). POETRY and

New School for Social Research, Manhattan, NY (taught an ESL course titled "Reading American Writers"); Borough of Manhattan Community College, Manhattan, NY (coordinated an ESL program and taught ESL courses); LaGuardia Community College, Queens, NY (taught ESL courses); Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY (taught ESL courses); La Dona Ana Community College, Las Cruces, NM (taught an ESL course); District Council 37, Manhattan, NY (taught ESL courses); New York Association for New Americans, Manhattan, NY (coordinated an ESL program and taught ESL courses); Federal Employment Guidance Services, Manhattan, NY (taught a business English class); Liberty High School, Manhattan, NY (taught High School ESL); Intermediate School #44, Manhattan, NY (taught junior high English); Washington Irving Evening High School, Manhattan, NY (taught a HS English course).

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