Brooke Herter James won her first creative writing award in eighth grade.
Then she did a bunch of other things like going to college, public health nursing and raising three kids.
Several years ago, she remembered that eighth grade story (or maybe it was really the award) and decided to spend more time at what she likes to do most.
So now she writes.
She writes sometimes for little kids, sometimes for older kids and the rest of the time for anyone else who doesn’t fit into either of those two categories.
She likes writing funny stories but most of her poems are pretty serious.
She lives in a very old house in Vermont with her husband,
two donkeys, four chickens and a dog.
(Actually, the donkey and the chickens live in the barn)
She is an active member of SCBWI, a student of the Gotham Writers’ Workshop,
a graduate of the Yale Writers’ Conference and a member of the Wednesday Poets and the Cigar Factory Poets.
She is honored to be the recipient of the 2018 Hunger Mountain's Katherine Paterson Best Picture Book Manuscript Award
and to have selected poems appear in PoemTown Vermont, Mountain Troubador Poetry Journal, Orbis and Rattle as well as the online publications Bloodroot Literary, Poets Reading The News, New Verse News, Flapper Press, Typishly, Writing in a Woman's Voice and Heartland,
She is honored to have been chosen as a finalist in the Poetry Society of Vermont's 2018 National Poetry Contest .