upstreet poet Jeffrey Harrison's fourth collection, Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way, 2006), is one of two runners-up for the Poets’ Prize, awarded annually by a peer jury of poets and administered by the West Chester University Poetry Center. The 2008 prize was won by A.E. Stallings for Hapax, and the other finalist was The Queen’s Desertion, by Carol Frost. Jeffrey will read from his work at the awards ceremony, which will take place at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York City, on Thursday 22 May at 7pm.
Two of Jeffrey Harrison’s poems, “Temporary Blindness” and “Bed Trouble,” are in upstreet number three. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Yale Review, The New Republic, Poets of the New Century, and many other magazines and anthologies. His previous published collections are The Singing Underneath (selected by James Merrill for the National Poetry Series, 1988), Signs of Arrival (1996), Feeding the Fire (Sarabande, 2001), and The Names of Things (Waywiser, 2006). His chapbook, An Undertaking, was published by Haven Street Press in 2005. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as two Pushcart Prizes, the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Jeffrey has taught at several universities and schools, including George Washington University, Phillips Academy, where he was the Roger Murray Writer-in-Residence, and College of the Holy Cross. He is currently on the Faculty of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine.