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Mark Harrison

Author's Bio

Mark Harrison was a semi-finalist in the 2007 “Discovery”/The Nation Poetry Contest. He grew up in Calaveras County, California, famous for its annual Jumping Frog Jubilee, inspired by Mark Twain’s story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," and infamous for being the secret location of serial killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng’s torture chamber. Mark has worked on the research staff of a national primate center, as a chemist for a California winery, as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Alaska, and has received degrees from Stanford University and Syracuse University. He teaches writing in Menlo Park, California.

Publications and Prizes

Journals:
Alimentum, Comstock Review, Minnetonka Review, Mudfish, North American Review, Pearl Magazine, Saranac Review, Third Coast
Prizes:
Delmore Schwartz Poetry Prize, 2003 Harriet Collins Jaycox Poetry Prize, 2001 Creative Writing Fellow, Syracuse University, 2000

Mark Harrison Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, The Portable Atheist by Christopher Hitchens
Favorite Books:
Pastoralia, Tell Me, Jesus' Son, Bad Behavior, Where I'm Calling From, All of Us, Jarhead, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
Favorite Authors:
Raymond Carver, Kim Addonizio, Denis Johnson, George Saunders, Mary Gaitskill, Nin Andrews, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris

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Listing last updated: August 5, 2009

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Lodi, CA
Raised in:
Valley Springs, CA

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