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Francine J. Harris

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francine j. harris is a professor in the Department of English. Her third collection, Here is the Sweet Hand from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. Her second collection, play dead, was the winner of the Lambda Literary and Audre Lorde Awards and finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her first collection, allegiance, was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book Awards. Originally from Detroit, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She also serves as Consulting Faculty Editor at Gulf Coast.  



  • 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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