Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Catching Up With Jim Harris (1990)

Just received this from Jim Harris--Jim was here before I came to SIUC!

"Hello Allison!

I'm an ancient alumnus of the SIU writing program (1990). Perhaps before it was a program. Just writing in support of your blog! Fantastic to see what's happening at my old school. I have fond memories of SIU where Rodney Jones was my mentor and I, of course, never wrote another poem after that. Ha! But I have written a couple novels since then.

If it's worth mentioning on your blog, I have a new novel out called, A Bottle of Rain, Livingston Press, University of West Alabama (September, 2007). It's my second novel and it's been nominated for a Pen USA award for writers west of the Mississippi. It's available in both hardback and trade paperback.

My first novel, Nowhere Near the Sea of Cortez, was published in 2001. It was a Small Press Review Pick that year.

I am currently hard at work on my third novel, As God Looked On. It's actually almost done. It's being edited by one of William Gay's previous editors (I believe I'm more proud of that than anything so far...)"

Thanks for the blog love, Jim!