Clarinda Harriss

Clarinda Harriss is a professor of English at Towson University, where she teaches poetry, editing, and poetic structure.  Her most recent poetry collection, AIR TRAVEL, came out from Half Moon Editions (NY) in 2005, preceding by WHEN DIVAS DANCE, ed. Chezia Thompson-Cager (Maisonneuve Press, 2004), a collection of poems by three women including herself.  In 2004, PAGITICA Magazine awarded her poem “Adam Forgets” first place in its poetry competition, and CARVE Magazine awarded her short story, “Bone to Bone,” second place in its annual Raymond Carver Fiction Contest.  Harriss edits and directs BrickHouse Books, Inc., Maryland’s oldest literary press, and works with writers in various prisons.

Books published as sole author:

THE BONE TREE (NPS, Balto., 1971)

THE NIGHT PARROT (Salmon Publishing, Galway, 1989)

LICENSE RENEWAL FOR THE BLIND (Cooper House, Oklahoma, 1991)

AIR TRAVEL (Half Moon Editions, NY, 2005)

Books co-authored:

THE PEARL: a translation from Middle to Modern English (with Dr. Sara deFord et al, Crofts Classics, NY, 1967)

FORMS OF VERSE: BRITISH AND AMERICAN (with Dr. Sara deFord, Appleton-Century-Crofts, NY, 1971)

WHEN DIVAS DANCE (ed. Chezia Thompson-Cager; with Thompson-Cager and Kendra Kopelke), 2004 

Clarinda Harriss' poems, essays, and fiction appear regularly in such periodicals as POETRY, GENRE, EPOCH, and STORY, as well as several newspapers and and various quarterly reviews.  She admires and is published in several e-publications, notably CARVE, GLOSS, and BRANCHES.  Her work is featured in such anthologies as OH TASTE AND SEE, TOUCHING FIRE, THE BEST OF CARVE, WEAVINGS, and THE TIME OF OUR LIVES.

 Annual Meeting of the Mencken Society Annual Meeting of the Mencken Society

Headline Speaker: Clarinda Harriss

Enoch Pratt Central Library - Wheeler Auditorium

September 10, 2005