by George J. Dance


Marie Harris. Courtesy From the Fishhouse.

Marie Murray Harris[1] (born November 7, 1943) is an American poet,[2] who served as Poet Laureate of New Hampshire.


Harris was born in New York City, the daughter of Marie (Murray) and Basil Harris.[2] She began writing poetry at 8 years old.[3]

She attended Georgetown University, 1961-63, and the University of North Carolina, 1967-68., before earning a B.A. from Goddard College in 1971.[2]

Harris was an early member of poetry co-operative Alice James Books.[4]

She was the administrator of the New Hampshire Commission on the Arts Poet-in-the-Schools Program, 1972-1976.[2]

She has worked as a copywriter for Maximus Advertising in Exeter, New Hampshire, since 1977, and has been a partner in business-to-business communications services firm Isinglass Marketing since 1979.[2]

In 1993, as poet laureate of her state, she organized the 1st-ever gathering of state poets laureate.[4]

Harris married poet William Matthew in 1963, a marriage that ended in divorce;[1] and photographer Charter Weeks in 1977.[2] She was the mother of 2 boys by her 1st marriage, William and Sebastian (poet Sebastian Matthews),[1] and the adoptive mother of Manny Weeks.


Harris served as Poet Laureate of New Hampshire from 1999 to 2004.[4]



  • Raw Honey. Cambridge, MA: Alice James Poetry Co-operative, 1975.
  • Interstate. Pittsburgh, PA: Slow Loris Press, 1980.
  • Weasel in the Turkey Pen. Brooklyn, NY: Hanging Loose Press, 1992.
  • Your Son, Manny: A prose poem memoir. Minneapolis, MN: New Rivers Press, 1999.


  • G is for Granite: A New Hampshire alphabet (illustrated by Karen Busch Holman). Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2002.
  • Primary Numbers: A New Hampshire number book (illustrated by Karen Busch Holman). Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 20, 2004.
  • The Girl Who Heard Colors (illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton). New York: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013.


  • A Gift of Tongues: Critical challenges in contemporary American poetry (edited with Kathleen Aguero, & contributor). Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1987.
  • An Ear to the Ground: An anthology of contemporary American poetry (edited with Kathleen Aguero). Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1989.
    A Reading by Poet Sebastian Matthews (with Marie Harris)

    A Reading by Poet Sebastian Matthews (with Marie Harris)

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "William Matthews, 55, Poet Who Won Prestigious Awards obituary, New York Times, November 14, 1997. Web, Oct. 24, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Harris, Marie, 1943- , Contemporary Authors: New revision series, Gale, 2009., Web, Oct. 24, 2015.
  3. Marie Harris, Sleeping Bear Press. Web, Oct. 24, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Marie Harris: Biography, From the Fishhouse. Web, Oct. 24, 2015.
  5. Search results = au:Marie Harris, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Oct. 24, 2015.

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