Janis began writing poetry in earnest
after her first poem was published in an
anthology in 1994 at age seventy- two.
Following this, several of her poems were
published in different anthologies through
the years where she received numerous
editors’ choice awards.
The spiritual nature of Janis’ poems reflects
her deep religious faith. In 1998, a book of
her inspirational poems and selected Bible
verses, “In HIS Care,” was published as a
fiftieth anniversary remembrance. In 1999,
singer Jody Murphy selected a poem, He
Is Real, from this book to sing and record
in Nashville, TN.
Afterwards, Janis was selected for Marquis Who’s Who in the South and
Southwest, Silver 25th Edition, Marquis Who’s Who in America, 52nd Edition,
and Dictionary of International Biography, 26th Edition. She was elected to
the International Poetry Hall of Fame in 1996.
Janis Bolton was born July 28, 1922 in Pineville, KY to Clyde Herman and
Violet Hendrickson Bolton. She married Kenneth C. Drinnon June 13, 1948
and had one daughter, Dena Daryl Drinnon.
She was educated in Harrogate, TN elementary school, Middlesboro, KY
high school, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, journalism classes, and
Newspaper Institute of America correspondence courses. While attending
college, Janis wrote articles for local newspapers.
Janis has enjoyed a fulfilling versatile life in the arts as evidenced by the
following: As a young teenager, she sang solos on children’s radio programs
at WNOX in Knoxville, TN and sang in university and church choirs. She
organized a drama department then produced and directed religious plays
for Alice Bell Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN. And now, she is publishing her
poetry book “He IS Real,” that contains many of her inspirational poems
and selected Bible verses.