SAUT I by Iva Tesorio

SAUT I by Iva Tesorio

Writing poetry is how I converse with memories that perplex or tug at me…

how I find out what my five-year-old self, alone on a wind-whipped beach, wants to tell me…


Her New Verse Memoir 

Waiting for the Hurricane is a prize-winning collection of narrative poems about three generations of a family and the dark secrets it keeps. With honesty and compassion, this verse memoir explores violence, silence, and miraculous survival.


Featured on Wordplay Radio Program

I had a great time reading poems and talking about my book, Waiting for the Hurricane, with host Jeff Davis on Wordplay. Now in its thirteenth season, this terrific radio program invites poets and writers of creative prose to share their work live on 103.3FM and over the airwaves of the Internet.

Here is a link to the show.


Advance Praise

The work of a poet whose powerful voice and storytelling gifts explore deeply dark family secrets, so dark, they make the reader shudder with outrage and pain. These honest poems, the kind that remain with you, are about family in all of its complexities…its deep secrets and unforgivable sins. This book is urgently necessary.

—Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, author of When the Wanderers Come Home

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About Janis Harrington

Janis is an award-winning writer and poet. Her collection of narrative poems, Waiting for the Hurricane won the 2016-2017 Lena M. Shull Book Award, given by the North Carolina Poetry Society. Her poems, stories and nonfiction have appeared in journals, anthologies and magazines in the USA and Europe, including: Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease, an anthology published by The Kent State University Press; New Southerner Anthology; The Homestead Review; Kakalak 2016; Off the Coast; and Midwestern Gothic. Honors include the Southwest Writer’s Award and a Poetic Art Award from the Lorton (VA) Arts Foundation.

She has conducted poetry workshops which help participants generate ideas and strategies for poems springing from the rich material of memory, and family myths and collective stories.

After receiving a journalism degree from Indiana University, Janis earned a Masters in English with a Creative Writing focus from North Carolina State University. Born in Indiana, she is one of four daughters. Her father’s corporate job meant the family moved often and lived in numerous cities and small towns, mostly in the Midwest and Southeast, and overseas. Janis first moved to Switzerland as an adolescent, with her parents and sisters. Years later, she returned to Switzerland with her husband and daughter, staying almost twenty years, working as a writer and editor. She and her husband came back to North Carolina in 2014.


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