About Jerry Harp

Jerry Harp's books of poems are Creature (Salt Publishing, 2003), Gatherings (Ashland Poetry Press, 2004), and Urban Flowers, Concrete Plains (Salt Publishing, 2006). He has edited, with Jan Weissmiller, A Poetry Criticism Reader (University of Iowa Press, forthcoming). His reviews and essays appear regularly in Pleiades. He was a visiting professor at Kenyon College from 2001 to 2004. Currently, he teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

As the Fall Semester Proceeds…

I’m remembering all over again the precarious excitement of my early college days. It was both a new beginning and a disaster. I was a mass of anxieties, depression, obsessions, and compulsions. That was the year I began seeing a…

Language, Race, and Reclamation

Aukeem Ballard, a friend and former student who is now a teacher himself, knows well the multiple and multivalent powers of language. His interest in how language works, how it shapes us even as we shape it, motivates much of…

Creativity and Social Energy

Because lately I’m working up a review-essay about a collection of letters between two writer friends—A Critical Friendship: Donald Justice and Richard Stern, 1946-1961, edited by Elizabeth Murphy (U. of Nebraska Press 2013)—I’m thinking all over again about the power…

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