Jim Haba

Grew up in rural Washington, both east and west of the Cascade Mountains.  To the east on farms and orchards in the Yakima Valley.  To the west in state parks his stepfather pioneered on Bainbridge and Camano Islands.

Divides his time now between Central New Jersey, surrounded again by fields and park land, and the outer reaches of Cape Cod.



Studied sculpture at Douglass College (1968).

Studied drawing and sculpture at New York Studio School (1968-1970).

Exhibited and sold paintings in central New Jersey, including solo show at Gallery 100 in Princeton (1973-1979).

Developed series of black and white cut-paper designs and began reproducing them on ceramic tiles (1980-1982).

Tile murals exhibited and sold through stores in Boston, New York, Princeton: featured in The New York Times and Better Homes and Gardens (1983-2000).

Murals in collections from Maine to Florida and Texas.

Since 1998 his work has focused on painted-paper collages, combining early experiences of sculpture and cutting paper with life-long love of color.

Shares a studio with his wife, Erica Barton Haba.



Began writing in mid 1970s.

Awarded New Poets of the Delaware Valley Prize (1984).

Awarded New Jersey State Council on the Arts Poetry Fellowship (1985).

Frequent reader in the northeast.

Poems included in many literary journals (The Journal of New Jersey Poets, Sunrust, The Paterson Review, The George Washington Review, Nightshade, etc.).

Published first collections in two chapbooks: Thirty-One Poems and Love Poems (2006).


Teaching and Work for Poetry

Studied literature at Reed College (B.A. 1962) and English at Cornell University (Ph.D. 1967).

Taught Literature/English at Cornell University (1963-1965), Rutgers University (1966-1972), and Glassboro State College/Rowan University (1972-2003).

At Glassboro/Rowan organized readings and workshops by accomplished poets of national and international stature (1972-1986)

Invited to design and produce first Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (1986).

Designed, produced, and hosted twelve biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festivals (1986-2008), the largest poetry events in North America

Created Dodge Poetry-in-the-Schools Program, sending poets into New Jersey High schools and providing poetry experiences forNew Jersey teachers at every classroom level (1987-2008).

Designed and organized Clearing the Spring, Tending the Fountain -- annual, statedwide series of poetry discussion and writing groups for New Jersey teachers (1992-2008).

Edited best-selling The Language of Life, companion book to 1995 Bill Moyers'  (8 hour) television series of the same name.

Poetry Consultant for The Language of Life and three other Bill Moyers' television series also derived from Dodge Poetry Festivals -- The Power of the Word (6 hours, 1989), Fooling With Words (2 hours, 1999), and Sounds of Poetry (4 1/2 hours, 1999).

Poetry Consultant for Poetry Heaven (3 hours,1998) and three other one-hour PBS programs deriving from Dodge Poetry Festivals, including Bill Moyers' Emmy-winning portrait of Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon: A Life Together (1994).

Awarded The Elizabeth Kray Award by Poets House, given annually to a member of the poetry community for distinguished service to the art (2000).

Retired as Dodge Foundation Poetry Director (2008).



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