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.

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…

Remembering Vern Rutsala

Having spent his life producing a sizeable body of poetry, having received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation, having been a finalist for the National Book Award, and having spent more than forty years…

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