Graduate Program in Creative Writing
Master of Fine Arts Faculty
3001-C Wescoe Hall
Ph.D. (California, Berkely)
Areas of Research
U.S. literatures, particularly post-1900; poetry and poetics; cultural studies; political philosophy; mixed-genre writing; documentary poetry; experimental nonfiction.
Poetry and the Public: The Social Form of Modern U.S. Poetics, Wesleyan U.P., 2002; Excerpted in Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader, Univ. of Illinois Press, 2009.
Things Come On: An Amneoir, Wesleyan U.P. (poetry series), forthcoming 2011.
Associate Professor Harrington is the Hall Center for the Humanities Creative Work Fellow for 2010. He was the Walt Whitman Chair in American Literature and Culture, via the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program, at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 2005. He has been a Mayers Fellow at the Huntington Library and a recipient of the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award. Harrington is currently at work on a four-volume mixed-genre and -media account of his mother's life and times, collectively entitled Dead Mom Scrolls. He has published articles on modernism, political philosophy, and the cultural history of poetry in the U.S., in journals such as American Literature, American Literary History, and American Quarterly. His creative work has appeared in Hotel Amerika, First Intensity, ISLE, Otoliths, and Tarpaulin Sky, amongst other periodicals. Professor Harrington currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies.