ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Poet and author Marc Harshman will be making two appearances on the Ohio University Eastern campus this month.  On Wednesday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m, Harshman will present a talk on his experiences as a children’s picture book author.  He has written eleven children’s books, including “Only One,” which was a Reading Rainbow review title on PBS TV and “The Storm,” which was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, a Children’s Book Council Notable Book for Social Studies, and a 1995 Parent’s Choice Award recipient.
On Thursday, March 20, at 1:00 pm, Harshman will give a poetry reading and talk about the creative process.  Harshman, who is the current Poet Laureate of West Virginia, writes poetry for both adults and children.  In 2008, his poem “In the Company of Heaven,” won the 2008 Flash Fiction Contest of the on-line journal Newport Review.  His latest book of poetry is “Green-Silver and Silent.”  Fellow poet Robert Morgan says of this new volume, “Harshman celebrates the local and personal as it touches the larger world, in vivid portraits, rituals that define our lives.”
Mr. Harshman was honored in 1994 by receiving the Ezra Jack Keats/ Kerlan Collection Fellowship from the University of Minnesota for research of Scandinavian myth and folklore.  He was also named the West Virginia State English Teacher of the Year by the West Virginia English Language Arts Council in 1995.  More recently, he was named the recipient of the WV Arts Commission Fellowship in Poetry for the year 2000 and the Fellowship in Children’s Literature for 2008.  His children’s titles have been published in Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Danish, and Swedish.  His newest children’s book is ONLY ONE NEIGHBORHOOD, (co-authored and illustrated by Barbara Garrison).  This newest title was hailed as the “rich companion to the classic ONLY ONE.”  Other recent children’s titles include ROADS (Cavendish, 2002) and RED ARE THE APPLES (Hartcourt, 2001), the latter co-written with his wife, Cheryl Ryan.  Two new children’s titles are forthcoming in 2014 and 2015.
Marc is fondly known by many as a storyteller who served for over twenty years as a judge for the WV Liar’s Contest held at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston, WV.  He has also served as an instructor for the historic Appalachian Writer’s Workshop at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, KY.
Marc holds degrees from Bethany College, Yale Divinity School, and the University of Pittsburgh.  He recently received an honorary doctorate from Bethany College in recognition of his life’s work.
In honor of West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial, Marc was commissioned by the Wheeling National Heritage Area to write a poem celebrating this event.  On June 20th this poem “A Song for West Virginia” was presented in both Charleston and Wheeling as part of the day-long festivities held that day.
Both events will take place in room 209 of Shannon Hall and are free and open to the public.  For more information contact Donna Capezzuto, Head Librarian, at (740) 699-2344 or
Ohio University Eastern is conveniently located off I-70, exit 213 in St. Clairsville.