photo credit: Don Denton
WORKS

POETRY

She. Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane, 2000.

Dipped in Shadow. Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane, 1996.

Drawing Down a Daughter. Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane, 1992.

The Conception of Winter. Stratford, ON: Williams-Wallace, 1989.

Travelling to Find a Remedy. Fredericton, NB: Fiddlehead Poetry Books & Goose Lane Editions, 1986.

Fables From the Women’s Quarters. Toronto: Williams-Wallace, 1984.

Translation Into Fiction. Fredericton, NB: Fiddlehead Poetry Books & Goose Lane Editions, 1984.

OTHER WORKS

Harris, Claire, and Edna Alford, eds. Kitchen Talk: Contemporary Women's Prose and Poetry. Red Deer, AL: Red Deer College Press, 1992.

CRITICISM

Alford, Edna. Rev. of Kitchen Talk, by Claire Harris. Books in Canada 22.2 (1993): 47.

Chamberlin, J. Edward. “Come Back To Me My Language: Poetry & the West Indies.” Books in Canada 22.8
(1993): 50-51.

Chisholm, Ken. Rev. of She, by Claire Harris. Pottersfield Portfolio 21.1 (2000): 6.

Clarke, George E. “Harris, Philip, Brand: Three Authors in Search of Literate Criticism.” Journal of Canadian
Studies
35.1 (2000): 161-189.

Daurio, Beverley. Rev. of The Conception Of Winter, by Claire Harris. Poetry Canada Review 11.3 (1990): 24-25.

Davis, Geoffrey V. Rev. of The Conception Of Winter, by Claire Harris. Canadian Literature 132 (1992): 157-160.

Dorscht, Susan R. Rev. of Grammar of Dissent: Poetry & Prose, ed. Carol Morrell. Canadian Ethnic Studies
29.1 (1997): 188-191.

Gingell, Susan. Rev. of Fables From the Women’s Quarters & The Conception of Winter, by Claire Harris.
Canadian Literature 157 (1998): 143-145.

Gingell, Susan. Rev. of Dipped in Shadow, by Claire Harris. Canadian Literature 157 (1998): 143-145.

Hilles, Robert. Rev. of Travelling To Find A Remedy, by Claire Harris. Poetry Canada Review 9.2 (1988): 38.

Holbrook, Susan. Rev. of Dipped in Shadow, by Claire Harris. Open Letter 10.2 (1998): 91-94.

Hunter, Lynette. “After Modernism: Alternative Voices in the Writings of Dionne Brand, Claire Harris and
Marlene Philip.” University of Toronto Quarterly 62.2 (1992/ 1993): 256-281.

Ings, Katharine N. Rev. of Dipped in Shadow, by Claire Harris. Journal of Canadian Poetry 13 (1998):
113-117.

Kuwabong, Dannabang. “Reading the Gospel of Bakes: Daughters’ Representations of Mothers in the Poetry
of Claire Harris and Lorna Goodison.” Canadian Woman Studies 18.2/3 (1998): 132-138.

Kuwabong, Dannabang. “The Mother as the Archetype of Self: A Poetics of Matrilineage in the Poetry of Claire
Harris and Lorna Goodison.” Ariel 30.1 (1999): 105-129.

Maart, Rozena. Rev. of Drawing Down A Daughter, by Claire Harris. Books In Canada 22.4 (1993): 48.

Morrell, Carol, ed. Grammar of Dissent: Poetry & Prose by Claire Harris, M. Nourbese Philip & Dionne
Brand
. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 1994.

Moure, Erin. Rev. of The Conception Of Winter, by Claire Harris. Books In Canada 19.1 (1990): 47.

Mukherjee, Arun and Leslie Sanders. “A Sense of Responsibility: An Interview with Claire Harris.” West
Coast Line
31.1 (1997): 26-37.

Page, Joanne. Rev. of The Conception Of Winter, by Claire Harris. Quarry 39.4 (1990): 104-107.

Reid, Monty. “Choosing Control: An Interview with Claire Harris.” Waves: Fine Canadian Writing 13.1
(1984): 37-41.

Rev.of Drawing Down a Daughter, by Claire Harris. Poetry Canada Review 14.4 (1994): 26-27.

Rev. of Translation Into Fiction, by Claire Harris. Canadian Literature 109 (1986): 124-126.

Rev. of Travelling To Find A Remedy, by Claire Harris. Queen’s Quarterly 95.2 (1988): 506-507.

Rudy, Susan. “‘What There Is Teasing Beyond the Edges: Claire Harriss Liminal Autobiography.” Rev. of
Drawing Down a Daughter, by Claire Harris. Essays on Canadian Writing 60 (1996): 78-99.

Sanders, Leslie. “A Sense of Responsibility: An Interview with Claire Harris.” West Coast Line 22.1 (1997): 26-37.

Sowton, Ian. “An Autobiography, Of Sorts: Reading Claire Harris, Drawing Down a Daughter.” Open
Letter
9.3 (1995): 25-34..

Sowton, Ian. Rev. of Travelling To Find A Remedy, by Claire Harris. Canadian Literature 127 (1990):
159-151.

Tregebov, Rhea. “Poetry (Short Reviews of Poetry Volumes From 1992).” University of Toronto
Quarterly
63.1 (1993): 70-88.

Tregebov, Rhea. Rev. of Drawing Down A Daughter, by Claire Harris. Quill & Quire 58.11
(1992): 28.

Vermeersch, Paul. Rev. of She, by Claire Harris. Quill & Quire 66.5 (2000): 35.

Williams, Emily Allen. “An Interview With Claire Harris.” Wasafiri: Journal of Caribbean, African, Asian and Associated Literatures and Film 32 (2000): 41-44.

Williamson, Janice. “I Dream of a New Naming.” Sounding Differences: Conversations With Seventeen Canadian Women Writers. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. 115-130.

Zackodnik, Teresa. “‘Writing Home: Claire Harriss Drawing Down a Daughter.” Ariel 30.3
(1999): 163-190.

DISSERTATIONS

Kuwabong, Dannabang. “Apocrypha of Nanny's Secrets: The Rhetoric of Recovery in Africaribbean Women's Poetry.” Dissertation. McMaster University, 1997.

AWARDS

1984: Writer’s Guild of Alberta Poetry Award, Translation into Fiction

1984: Commonwealth Award for Poetry for the Americas Region, Fables from the Womens Quarters

1987: Writers’ Guild of Alberta Poetry Award, Travelling to Find a Remedy

BIOGRAPHY
Claire Harris was born in Trinidad in 1937. In 1961, she received her BA from University College Dublin, and in 1963, she received her Teacher’s Diploma in Jamaica, at the University of West Indies. In 1966, she immigrated to Calgary, where she began to teach English. Over the years, she has worked on various literary magazines and poetry initiatives, including Dandelion magazine and Poetry Goes Public. She has published four collections of poetry, and has won several awards for her writing, including a Commonwealth Prize for Poetry and the Writer’s Guild of Alberta Poetry Award. In 1992, Drawing Down a Daughter was nominated for a Governor General’s Award.

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