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A poet, novelist, short story writer, and essayist, Jana Harris's
award-winning books include Manhattan as a Second Language, Poems( Harper & Row) and Oh How Can I Keep On Singing?
Voices of Pioneer Women, Poems (Ontario Press, Princeton), both Pulitzer Prize nominees.
Oh How Can I Keep On Singing? was a Washington State Governor's Writers Award winner, a PEN West Center Award finalist, and has been adapted for educational television, as well as for the stage.
novel Alaska was a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection.
Born in San Francisco and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she worked for six years as director of Writers in Performance at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York.
now lives with her
husband in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where they raise horses.
Ms. Harris teaches creative writing at the University of Washington where she is editor and founder of Switched-on Gutenberg, one of the first electronic poetry journals of the English-speaking world.
seventh book of poems, The Dust of Everyday Life, an epic concerning the lives of forgotten Northwest pioneers, (Sasquatch) won the 1998 Andres Berger Award.
second novel, The Pearl of Ruby City was released from St. Martin's Press
In 2001 she
won a Pushcart Prize for poetry.
Jana is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, PEN, Poetry Society of America, and AWP.
has been writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming, St. Catherine's College
(St. Paul, MN), and Washington State University
eighth collection of poetry We Never Speak of It, Idaho-Wyoming Poems, 1889 (Ontario) was published in 2003 and nominated for the Kingsley Tufts Award.
won a Reader's Choice Award in poetry from Prairie Schooner in 2004.
"The work of Jana Harris
is unique in American writing.
is currently working on a book of prose poems about weddings among pioneer settlers.
Jana Harris official website
Ten years after her
award-winning montage of verse monologues, Oh How Can I Keep on Singing: Voices of Pioneer Women, Harris
uses the same form to limn a year in a late-nineteenth-century farming and mining area on the Idaho-Wyoming border.
earlier book was successfully dramatized, and this book, too, would make a splendid performance piece.
Award-winning poet Jana Harris tells the inspiring story of her twenty-four year relationship with a troubled but beautiful, blood-red feral mare who, in spite of her troubled past, has a talent for healing and helping every human and other being she comes into contact with.
In Horses Never Lie About Love, Harris
lyrically recounts how this wounded, implacable beast held a magical influence over the other horses of the ranch and how she
eased uncannily into the role of mother after having a foal.
In time she
became the heart of the ranch-now thirty-three years old, she
is a matriarchal presence without whom the other horses cannot sleep at night, and whose quiet wisdom transmits strength of character that transcends the thin line between animals and the humans they love.