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Francine J. Harris

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Francine J. Harris is an associate professor in the Department of English. She holds an M.F.A. from University of Michigan and a B.A. in English from Arizona State University. She is the author of the poetry collections “Play Dead”, “allegiance” and ”Here is the Sweet Hand.” Harris has taught at Centre College, University of Michigan, and Washington University in St. Louis. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cave Canem, and MacDowell Colony. She was the 2018/2019 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Her work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, Lambda Literary Award and an Audre Lorde Award.


  • M.F.A. Creative Writing, Poetry – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • B.A. English – Arizona State University

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  • Here Is the Sweet Hand  – Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020
  • play dead – Alice James Books, Farmington, ME, April 2016
  • allegiance – Wayne State University, Made in Michigan Series. Detroit, MI, February 2012

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