A Seattle native, Janée J. Baugher holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology (minor in Chemistry) from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing – Poetry (secondary emphases in Literature and Literary Editing & Design) from Eastern Washington University.
A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and Bread Loaf Conference participant, Baugher has received grants from Richard Hugo House, Jack Straw Foundation, The Lerman Trust, and The Island Institute of Sitka. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in nearly 100 anthologies and journals. As a spoken-word artist, Baugher has performed at Arts Edge, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, and Folklife Festival in Seattle. In 2011 Baugher presented her work at the Library of Congress.
Baugher is the author of two collections of ekphrastic poems. Her debut collection, Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada, 2010), is currently cataloged at over two dozen libraries across the nation, as well as United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, and Australia. Prior to the book’s publication, it was shortlisted at Carnegie Mellon Press and Tupelo Press. Her second full-length collection, The Body’s Physics was shortlisted at Saturnalia Books and Black Lawrence Press, was published by Tebot Bach, Inc. of Huntington Beach, California in July 2013, and is also cataloged at two dozen libraries internationally.
Baugher’s interdisciplinary collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, and choreographers. Over the years she has had roughly a dozen poems adapted for the stage and set to music. Those venues include University of Cincinnati–Conservatory of Music, Contemporary Dance Theatre in Ohio, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and Dance Now! Ensemble in Florida.
In 2010 Baugher completed her two-year post as a Humanities Washington Inquiring Minds Speaker, in which she lectured across Washington state on writers and visual artists of the Lost Generation. In 2009 Baugher organized, moderated, and presented the panel, Art to Art: Ekphrastic Poetry at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference. In March 2012 Baugher presented the panel, Poetic Possibilities of Deep Travel at the AWP conference in Chicago.
She’s a former poetry editor of Eastern Washington University’s literary magazine Willow Springs, University of Washington’s online poetry-only journal Switched-on Gutenberg, and Spokane’s StringTown magazine. In addition to working at Eastern Washington University’s Press, Baugher was the managing editor of two anthologies, In Roads Anthology. Currently, she’s a poetry reader for one of the top literary journals in the nation, Boulevard.
Since 2001 Baugher has taught general writing, creative writing, and literature at Highline College, University of Washington – Experimental College, Richard Hugo House, Interlochen College of Creative Arts, and Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she was appointed the 2006 summer chair of the creative writing department. Currently, Baugher teaches in the graduate program at Northeastern University (Seattle campus).
Baugher was named the 2015 Silver Creek writer-in-residence for nature/wilderness nonfiction prose writing (Sun Valley, Idaho).