Janet Ruth Heller is the president of the Michigan College English Association. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago and has taught literature, creative writing, linguistics, and women’s studies courses.
She has published three books of poetry: Exodus (WordTech Editions, 2014), Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012), and Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011). The University of Missouri Press published her scholarly book, Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama (1990).
Janet’s fiction picture book about bullying, How the Moon Regained Her Shape, (Arbordale, 2006), has received many awards, including a Book Sense Pick (2006), a Children’s Choices selection (2007), a Benjamin Franklin Award (2007), and a Gold Medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards (2007).
Lisa and her little brother Jon enjoy collecting stamps. But when their father holds a contest to decide which child will get a new large stamp album, Lisa has to solve a difficult problem. This chapter book portrays Jewish-American family life circa 1960, and also touches on the experiences of American soldiers during World War II and the early days of the Civil Rights Movement.