A Reading by the Poet Laureate of West Virginia
Harshman's collection of poems, WOMAN IN RED ANORAK, won the 2017 Blue Lynx Prize. He is the co-winner of the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and been chosen as an Honorable Mention for the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Poetry Prize by Brenda Hillman. His fourteenth children's book, FALLING WATER (2017), co-written with Anna Smucker, was named an Amazon Book of the Month. His poetry collection, BELIEVE WHAT YOU CAN (2016) won the Weatherford Award from the Appalachian Studies Association and Appalachian Book of the Year from Mountain Heritage Literary Festival in Tennessee. Harshman's poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. Appointed in 2012, he is the seventh poet laureate of West Virginia. His monthly show for West Virginia Public Radio, "The Poetry Break," began airing in January 2016.
Raised in Indiana, Marc Harshman has lived his adult life in West Virginia with his wife, Cheryl Ryan (author, artist, & librarian). For many years, he taught fifth and sixth grades at the Sand Hill School in Putnam County, one of the last of the three-room country schools. Mr. Harshman was named the West Virginia state English teacher of the year by the West Virginia English Language Arts Council in 1995.