Open Mic Blog
|Posted on January 31, 2010 at 11:41 AM|
Acclaimed picture book writer and poet, Marc Harshman shares seven intriguing facts about himself. He has graciously agreed to answer questions for the next two days. If you are a Harshman fan, a teacher, or an aspiring writer, please comment or, better yet, ask Marc a question!
SEVEN THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME
~ Marc Harshman
1. I recall that a favorite passion in childhood was picking wild strawberries along the tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad in eastern Randolph County, Indiana.
2. My family had a pet pig named Polly, a full-grown Hampshire sow with whom, I am told, perhaps apocryphally, I would be left alone in the south lot of the farm. I was told she was a good baby-sitter.
3. Once took guitar lessons from Rick Zehringer in the rural farm town near where we both grew up. He, along with his brother Randy and two other local boys, would form The McCoys and record “Hang on Sloopy.” Rick would later change his name to Derringer and continues to have a notable career in music.
4. I value William Bronk, George Oppen, Gael Turnbull, Lorine Niedecker, and Jean Follain as notable modern influences upon my poetry.
5. During the 1980s I raised approximately twenty different kinds of heirloom beans, discovering, as well, one I named Aunt Millie’s Goose-egg Bean.
6. My first publication was an article in the old denominational magazine THE DISCIPLE describing a summer spent working in the inner-city of Akron, Ohio, circa 1973-4.
7. I once spent five weeks living in a restored 17th century carriage house on the grounds of the 11th Century ruins of Bronllys Castle in the Black Mountains of Wales. It was here, along with my wife, Cheryl, that I wrote RED ARE THE APPLES [Harcourt, 2001].
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Raised in rural Indiana, Marc Harshman has lived his adult life in West Virginia where, for many years, he taught in a three-room country school. Periodical publications of his poems include The Georgia Review, Wilderness, Shenandoah, Marginalia, 5 AM, and The Progressive. He is the author of three chapbooks of poetry including LOCAL JOURNEYS (Finishing Line). His poem, “In The Company of Heaven,” recently won the Newport Review flash fiction contest. He is also the author of eleven children's picture books including THE STORM, a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children and Parent’s Choice Award winner. Visit his website at http://www.marcharshman.com