Category: Writing

  • we are out there

    My book and I will be out and about the next few weeks.  Check out “Upcoming Events” for more details on when and where.

  • Summer residency

    Summer residency

    So, there was this: Augsburg Summer Residency. And it was lovely, all of it.  The students, the faculty, the readings, the workshops, and the most beautiful delicious book cake ever to celebrate the launch of Still Life with Horses.

  • You are not alone

    I gave the first public reading from Still Life with Horses on Sunday evening, at Augsburg College, home of Howling Bird Press.  The reading went well, and the Q&A that followed also went well.  And then there was a reception with cake and wine and cheese, which was lovely. . But.  What struck me most was the […]

  • and now…

    …you can officially pre-order Still Life with Horses.  Here’s the link: right here. My book and I thank you.  We really do.  

  • save the date

    save the date

    There is now a publication date: November 1, 2017.   That’s when Still Life with Horses will be launched into the world.  You can’t quite pre-order it yet, but you can click on a little link that says someday you can.  And that link is right here: LITTLE LINK So, you don’t really have to save […]

  • The other real world

    Eight years ago, although it seems just like yesterday, I was in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Two weeks of unbroken time to write.  It was wonderful.  Ha! It was brutal and miserable, to be honest.  I was trying to write about the death of my beautiful horse, Buddy, working day after […]

  • Amy, Amy, Amy

    My dear poet friend Amy Pickworth wrote a lovely, lovely blurb for my book.  Here it is, as it will appear in print.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, Amy. There is a lot of heart in Still Life with Horses, but this isn’t a soft book.  It’s a love story in the fullest sense, glittering with […]

  • horse language

    Yesterday, we took our paint horse Cody to the vet clinic for his routine therapeutic shoeing appointment which periodically involves x-rays to see how he’s progressing.  Cody has “ringbone” which is a horse person’s term for osteoarthritis.  In Cody’s case, as the x-rays revealed yesterday, he has both high and low ringbone, which means the […]

  • another blurb

    another blurb

    One of my favorite writers just wrote a lovely blurb for my forthcoming book (Nov. 2017) Still Life with Horses.  Here it is: “I loved this luminous and searingly honest story of love, loss, life and hope; and I loved how a horse served as metaphor for all of this.  The lesson I came away with is […]

  • a first blurb

    a first blurb

    The blurbs for Still Life with Horses are coming in.  Here’s the first one:  . Still Life with Horses is impossible to put down. With her razor-sharp prose and devastating honesty, Jean Harper sweeps you through her story of heartbreak and redemption while training your focus on the pain and joy you cannot help but recognize […]