Harrison, Jeffrey (Woods) 1957-

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HARRISON, Jeffrey (Woods) 1957-


Born October 10, 1957, in Cincinnati, OH; son of Robert Sattler (employed by a piano manufacturer) and Anne (Woods) Harrison; married Julia Wells (an architect), 1981; children: William, Eliza. Education: Columbia University, B.A., 1980; University of Iowa, M.F.A., 1984; attended Stanford University, 1985-86, and Harvard University, 1988-89.


Home—8A Farm St., Dover, MA 02030. E-mail[email protected].


Poet. English teacher at Berlitz school in Japan; Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, research assistant, 1986-87; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, instructor in creative writing, 1989; George Washington University, Washington, DC, lecturer in creative writing, 1990-93; Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, writer in residence, 1997-2000. University of Maryland—College Park, visiting writer, 1991.


Poetry Society of America, Academy of American Poets, Modern Poetry Association.


Academy of American Poets Prize, 1983; Wallace E. Stegner fellow, 1985-86; grant from Ohio Arts Council, 1986; Tom McAfee Discovery Prize, Missouri Review, 1986; National Poetry Series Book Award, 1987, for The Singing Underneath; fellow of Ingram Merrill Foundation, 1988, 1995; Amy Lowell fellow, 1988-89; Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award, Academy of American Poets, 1989; fellow, National Endowment for the Arts, 1992; Guggenheim fellow, 1999.


The Singing Underneath (poetry), Dutton (New York, NY), 1988.

Signs of Arrival (poetry), Copper Beech Press (Providence, RI), 1996.

Feeding the Fire (poetry), Sarabande Books (Louisville, KY), 2001.

Contributor to magazines and newspapers, including Antioch Review, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Harvard, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, Nation, Washington Post, and Yale Review.


Jeffrey Harrison told an interviewer from the Hartford Courant 's Northeast magazine: "Poetry is about seeing things in a new way. It's an effort to make sense of the world and it keeps the imagination alive."



Antioch Review, fall, 1997, John Taylor, review of Signs of Arrival, p. 501.

Booklist, October 15, 2001, Ray Olson, review of Feeding the Fire, p. 375.

Chelsea, June 3, 1997, review of Signs of Arrival, p. 139.

Hartford Courant, Northeast, July 2, 1996.

Hudson Review, summer, 2002, Brian Phillips, review of Feeding the Fire, p. 327.

Michigan Quarterly Review, fall, 1997, Wesley McNair, review of Signs of Arrival, p. 668.

New York Times Book Review, December 23, 2001, David Kirby, review of Feeding the Fire, p. 17; April 17, 1988.

Virginia Quarterly Review, spring, 1997, review of Signs of Arrival, p. 66.*

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