JEFFREY HARRISON

November 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Jeffrey Harrison will read from his most recent book of poetry, Into Daylight. Winner of the Dorset Prize, selected by Tom Sleigh, Into Daylight reflects on the daily familiarities and fragilities experienced in a long marriage and as a parent of teenagers, refracted through the shock of a brother's suicide. Limpid and direct on the surface but eloquent in resonance, Into Daylight asks what comes after: How to live, how to continue writing, and how to find one's proper relationship with the world and restore some semblance of delight, while giving voice to sadness and pain.

Harrison’s poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Yale Review, Poets of the New Century. He has taught at George Washington University, Phillips Academy, and College of the Holy Cross. He is currently on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. He lives in Dover, Massachusetts.

“It’s thrilling to read an entire book of poems written with such pleasure and gusto… about a range of ordinary things — salt, rowing a boat, discarded books, a stinking pond — and he gets more out of his subjects than seems possible.” — Philip Levine