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This profile was last updated on 5/5/07  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Breeders Association
  • Founder
    Maine Standardbred Owners
  • Member
    New England Harness Hall of Fame
  • Founder
    Northeast Harness News
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Web References
Links to Other Important Sites, 5 May 2007 [cached]
Jean Emerson , owner and publisher of Jacaranda Press, has contributed a superb poem to SHE's musical revue "Hello Joyce, or, Shaky Marriage. Emerson believes poetry can save the world. In her publishing endeavors she has featured excellent poets, among them Linda Carney and Phyllis Koestenbaum of San Jose. Emerson is an outstanding poet, and one of those who brings magic to whatever she undertakes. She has three books of poetry— Not Alone, Cycles of the Moonvine , and Lessons from a Castle. For decades she has brought astonishing leadership skills to writing workshops as organizer and director, using a subtle, refined intelligence to promote artistry. Her forthcoming book, With a Little Help from My Friends, is a writing groups' guide.
-visit Jean Emerson's Jacaranda Press website-
Takter Voted Into Living Hall; ..., 4 Sept 2011 [cached]
Takter Voted Into Living Hall; Emerson, Fanning To Communicators Hall
Jean Emerson and Moira Fanning, pioneering journalists who have crossed the country (north to south and back in Emerson's case, east to west and back in Fanning's), have been recognized for their outstanding efforts in harness racing with election to the sport's Communicators Hall of Fame, in balloting recently conducted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.
Emerson, a proud resident of Saco in southern Maine, started out in harness racing campaigning horses with her late husband Chet around the New England circuit. With a teaching background, Emerson quickly realized that the sport needed some background administrative workers to help put the industry's best foot forward, so she co-founded the Maine Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association, and had an early hand in drafting a position paper that eventually morphed into the recent rejuvenation of the Pine Tree State's racing through additional gaming funding.
Emerson's chief journalistic mark was as founder of the Northeast Harness News, which chronicled not only racing in that area but horses and horsemen from the upper northeast who went on to do well at other venues. Working on a shoestring budget (her checkbook) and with a thin staff (usually her, some stringers, and a couple of volunteers), Emerson developed the paper into a well-read, insightful, and entertaining newspaper -- that last factor usually provided by her droll sense of humor. Emerson eventually was named a member of the New England Harness Hall of Fame. Jean and Chet later took on a life of summering in Maine and wintering in Florida; while down south Emerson became an important contributor to the Florida USHWA chapter. Despite advancing years, Emerson still works twice as hard as people half her age.
One person who can stay with Emerson in the energy-level competition is Moira Sullivan Fanning, who wears many hats in her superior work for the Hambletonian Society, eponymous sponsors of harness racing's No. 1 race and also the season-ending (and often season-defining) Breeders Crown series.
Jean Emerson and Moira Fanning will also be twice feted for their Communicators Hall of Fame selection -- the first will come at USHWA's Dan Patch awards dinner on Sunday, February 12 in Orlando, Florida; the other will be their formal induction into the Communicators Hall of Fame during July 1 ceremonies in Goshen, New York.
Jean Emerson
.::Winbak News::., 2 July 2012 [cached]
The newest members of the Communicators' Hall of Fame, Jean Emerson, founder and publisher of Northeast Harness News, and Moira Sullivan Fanning, director of Publicity and Event Operations at the Hambletonian Society, were inducted as well.
Emerson was introduced by her friend of nearly three decades, Jane Murray.
"I have had the pleasure and privilege of knowing and working with Jean for over 25 years.
Pooler's Talent, Dedication Remembered - 2/18/03, 18 Feb 2003 [cached]
"What a wonderful idea," commented Jean Emerson, a former editor of the Northeast Harness News and a native of Saco, Maine who now lives in Pompano Beach, Fla.Emerson is also the immediate past president of the Florida Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers.
In recent years Pooler served the Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association by providing photos for Maine's harness racing Web page,, and she also wrote articles on Maine's Web site, had her own photography Web site, and was the photographer who took the color photographs for the annual Maine Harness Racing Promotion Board calendar.
Memories of Pooler run deep.She loved taking photos of horses and tranquil scenes.We'll think of her every time we look at the promotional calendar, with her work being displayed with each passing month, and each time we visit Scarborough Downs, a place she spent much of her time.
At her request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Rockin T. Equine or the Pooler Fund, P.O. box 2140, Scarborough, Maine.
Her passing leaves a real void in promoting the sport she loved through her photograpic brilliance, and whomever penned the phrase "you get out of life what you put into it" must have had Pooler in mind.
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The U.S. Trotting Association On-Line!, 20 Dec 2004 [cached]
The Allen J. Finkelson Award for great contributions to the promotion of the Standardbred industry will go to Jean Emerson, who has been involved in and who has promoted the sport through newspaper and magazine articles since she arrived in Florida and Pompano Park more than 20 years ago.Emerson is always willing to help horse people on the backstretch and at the training centers.She has served for years as the president of the Florida Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers' Association, and as the chairperson for the annual dinner and scholarship fundraiser.
For more information, to purchase tickets, or to place a congratulatory ad in the program, please contact Steven Wolf at the Pompano Park Marketing Office, at (954) 972-2000, ext. 1206, or contact Jean Emerson or Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association office, or at the qualifying races at Pompano Park.
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