Jana Harris has been a Washington State Governor’s Writers Award winner and a PEN West Center Award finalist. Born in San Francisco and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she worked for six years as the director of Writers in Performance at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. She now lives with her husband in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where they raise horses. She studies the riding discipline of dressage and competes.
Ms. Harris teaches creative writing at the University of Washington. She is the editor and founder of Switched-on Gutenberg, one of the first electronic poetry journals in the English-speaking world. Her seventh book of poems,The Dust of Everyday Life: An Epic Poem of the Pacific Northwest , an epic concerning the lives of forgotten Northwest pioneers (Sasquatch), won the 1998 Andres Berger Award; she was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Manhattan As a Second Language. Her poetry book Oh How Can I Keep On Singing?: Voices of Pioneer Women was adapted for television.
Jana’s new book from University of Alaska Press is out, “You Haven’t asked About My Wedding or What I Wore;” Poems of Courtship on the American Frontier.
In the next few months Jana will perform readings from this book at venues in the Pacific northwest. Most readings are accompanied by music authentic to the period performed by Miscellany*—Nancy Quense and Barbara Palecek.
Oct 19, Sunday, Holy Names Heritage Center, Lake Oswego, OR, 7 pm
Nov 1, Saturday, Village Books, Bellingham, 7 pm (introduction by Laura Kalpakian)
Nov 5, University Bookstore, Seattle, 7 pm
Nov 13, Thursday, Parkplace Books, Kirkland, 7 pm
Dec 9, Tuesday, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, 7 pm
*Since 2003, Miscellany has specialized in the performance of American music from the late 18th century through the early 20th century. They take their name from “The American Musical Miscellany”–A collection of the newest and most approved songs, set to music. (Northampton, Massachusetts, 1798)by