A featured reader at the 2010 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, she has won three poetry fellowships from the NJSCA; the Mary Carolyn Davies Award from the Poetry Society of America; the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for her work in the anthology American Nature Writing 2002; and a January 2011 fellowship from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
She taught in Madison High School in the 1980s, and in 1991 moved with her late husband William J. [Bill] Higginson to Santa Fe for eleven years. They returned to North Jersey in 2003, and Harter moved to the South Jersey shore area after her husband's death in 2008. To learn more about Penny, visit her website www.2hweb.net/penhart