Author and publisher Janet Wong to present poetry and other works

Janet Wong, children’s author, poet, and publisher, will visit Penn State Harrisburg to present “Cultural Connections: Celebrating Diversity, Writing, and Poetry” on Tuesday, April 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge on campus.

Wong will share her path to becoming a writer and poet, read poetry, and discuss how poetry has “the capacity to educate the heart as well as the mind.”

She has published more than 30 books for young people, including picture books, novels, poetry, and professional resources. She is the recipient of many distinctions including the International Literacy Association’s Celebrate Literacy award and the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award Honor for Poetry.

Wong’s long-standing commitment to the profession includes service to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Commission on Literature, the NCTE Excellence in Children’s Poetry Award Committee, the NCTE Children's Literature Assembly Board, and the International Literacy Association’s Notable Books for a Global Society Committee.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Napoli at To attend, please register at