September 9, 2013, marks the official release of The Review Mirror (Unsolicited Press), the first poetry collection by Kingston Springs author David M. Harris. Harris has previously published a collection of essays (Democracy and Other Problems. SRM. Publishers) and a novel (Bill, the Galactic Hero: The Final Incoherent Adventure, with Harry Harrison, Avon Books) as well as an assortment of essays, stories, and poems, and has had two screenplays produced. He also wrote a weekly column for the Putnam (NY) Reporter Dispatch (now the Journal News).
Although he worked in fiction for most of his 25-year career in publishing in New York, and got an MFA in fiction writing, Harris has been concentrating on poetry since he moved to Middle Tennessee in 2003. Since then, his poems have started appearing in national literary journals such as Slow Trains, The Labletter, Gargoyle, The Pedestal, and Pirene's Fountain (including First Water, the Best of Pirene's Fountain). He has also taught English at Austin Peay, Volunteer State, TSU, Vanderbilt, and Nashville State. He currently teaches poetry through Nashville Community Education and hosts a weekly radio show about poetry, “Difficult Listening,” on WRFN-LPFM, 107.1, in Pasquo.
In the last few years, Harris has been pursuing further study in poetry at the Tin House, Wildacres, and Colgate writers' workshops, studying with Mary Jo Bang, Janice Fuller, Peter Balakian, and Bruce Smith. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry, says of The Review Mirror, “David Harris is an outsider's insider who has worked in the belly of the beast and lived to tell the tale of being bound to the marginal art of poetry. He is unafraid to tell his story that embraces everything from nation [Tennessee, New York and beyond] to griddle cakes and God. He is not intimidated by the poetry police. He searches in the lost and found for memory and interrogates the sky. He's an intelligent dog sniffing for the scents of the ineffable.”
The Review Mirror is available from Amazon.com, select bookstores, or the publisher, at www.UnsolicitedPress.com.
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