John Harrington lives with his wife, their daughter, her husband, and their three dogs at the eastern edge of 23,000 acres of Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area. He writes poetry, nonfiction (sometimes creative), and takes photographs to reflect the beauty and wonder of Minnesota’s everyday special places. His work can or will be found in Flat Earth Diary, Digging to the Roots (2014 Edition), Talking Stick 23, Prairie Sampler (2012 Winner: Prairie Poetry Prize), and Minneapolis’ StarTribune. His blog, My-Minnesota, is often featured in MinnPost’s Minnesota Blog Cabin. He consults on and promotes sustainable and regenerative development, bakes bread, fly fishes, takes writing classes at The Loft and pretends to learn the guitar. In the last millennium, he graduated from Boston College with a major in English. The new millennium finds him a grateful recipient of an ECRAC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant he is using to explore how to coordinate poetry, photography and online video to help more of us experience Minnesota’s treasures.
Poetry is the language by which we tell what our lives’ stories mean. Without poetry, how would we celebrate and share our joys, give and receive condolences for the sorrows that are part of life, explore the mysteries of this universe and the next.