Poet Laureate Of West Virginia Speaking At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 05 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu





ATHENS, W.Va. – The Poet Laureate of West Virginia, Marc Harshman, will speak at Concord University Thursday, April 14. His presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the Wilkes Family Chapel in University Point on the Athens campus.

The Concord community and the general public are invited to attend this event at no charge.

Harshman is the seventh Poet Laureate of West Virginia. He was appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in 2012 in recognition of his work for both poetry and children’s literature. 

Raised in Indiana, Harshman has lived his adult life in West Virginia. For many years he taught fifth and sixth grades at the Sand Hill School, one of the last three-room county schools.

His four chapbooks of poetry include “Rose Of Sharon.” Harshman’s second full-length collection, “Believe What You Can,” is forthcoming from The Vandalia Press of West Virginia University in October. His poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, SPM Publications [London], and the University of Arizona.

Harshman is the author of 13 children’s books including his acclaimed work “The Storm” and the recently released “One Big Family.” “The Storm” was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, a Children’s Book Council Notable Book for Social Studies, and a 1995 Parent’s Choice Award recipient. His children’s books have been published in Spanish, Korean, Danish, Japanese, and Swedish.

Harshman’s periodical publications include The Georgia Review, Emerson Review, Salamander, 14 Hills, Poetry Salzburg Review, Gargoyle, and many others in the United States and abroad. WV Public Radio began airing his monthly show “The Poetry Break” in January.

Harshman was honored in 1994 by receiving the Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Collection Fellowship from the University of Minnesota for research on Scandinavian myth and folklore. He was named the 1995 West Virginia English Teacher of the Year by the West Virginia English Arts Council. Additionally, he is the recipient of the WV Arts Commission Fellowship in Poetry for the year 2000 and the fellowship in Children’s Literature for 2008.

His short prose works have won awards from Newport Review and Literal Latte and have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has served as an instructor for the historic Appalachian Writers Workshop at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Ky.

Harshman holds degrees from Bethany College, Yale University Divinity School and the University of Pittsburgh. He has also received honorary doctorates from Bethany College and West Liberty University in recognition of his life’s work.

Concord University’s Division of Humanities and the Marsh Library are partnering to bring Harshman to campus. For additional information contact Connie Shumate, library director, at cshumate@concord.edu or 304-384-5371.


Poet Laureate of West Virginia Marc Harshman



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