April 2015:

SO much to tell!  You can now find my happy cards at City Artworks in Myers Park and at Artistry Florals in Huntersville.  THANK YOU to these fabulous businesses for your support!!  I am so thankful for the continued support of my agent, Sally Apokedak, who continues to receive my rejections for me :)  We are sending out some poetry this May so keep everything crossed!  The two novels in verse are resting peacefully until the market realizes how lovely and necessary they are to the reading universe :).  Don't freak out, but the little boys you see in my pictures here (must update) are about to enter 7th grade and HIGH SCHOOL- horrifying.  They are spunky and smart and generally delightful... except when they're not.  AND I just received my 200 hr (yes really, 200 hours) yoga teacher training certificate- so look out world, we're getting peaceful and present, aware and happy!  Much love all...

November 2012

YAY friends!  Much to be thankful for.  So excited... I finally finished my first novel in verse.  Yes, very scary, but I did it.  Just completing it was a dream come true.  But then... It won the Novel Rocket contest for Middle Grade novels this summer!  What an honor, thank you so much to the people at Novel Rocket for being so open minded and supportive. 

I was then honored again to be featured on the "Story Matters" blog of the wonderful Katherine Scott Jones.  Thanks so much Katherine!!

And... My picture book "Sensi-sniffity" was named a finalist for the Katherine Patterson award this summer by Hunger Mountain.  I cannot tell you what this means to me.  I am absolutely moved by the recognition from the amazing writers of Vermont :).

Spring 2011

HOORAY!  My "girlfriends, wine and ice cream" card won the LOUIE award!!  The Greeting Card Association has named my card the best humorous friendship card of 2010!  So So proud and thankful, truly honored.

WOW!  My designs will now be licensed in Finland!  The Karto Oy company will be using 10 of my designs to print Finnish Greeting Cards.  We're International Baby!!

Hi!  My name is Janine Yordy and I am a self-taught artist and poet following my dream.  I have been writing and drawing "forever", even through the dark period I refer to as, my biology degree (I thought I was going to swim with the dolphins, honest!) 

For the past eight years, I have been selling my art and cards in boutiques and galleries throughout Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and North and south Carolina.  My art travels bring me to regional art shows, trade shows, and wonderful, fabulous, National Stationery Shows!

My poetry has been honored by the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Writer's Digest, the Florida Writer's Association, Novel Rocket, Hunger Mountain, and ByLine magazine.  

In other happy news, my poetry was published in Boys' Quest Magazine last year!  My poem "Heroes" was in the October 2011 issue!