Judith Harris

Judith Harris Portrait
Judith Harris, Ph.D., is the author of three books of poetry (LSU) and a critical book Signifying Pain: Constructing and Healing the Self through Writing (SUNY Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture). She currently conducts seminars on poetry writing and psychoanalytic theory at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She is associate editor of Clio’s Psyche: the Psychohistory Forum and has held academic positions in the English and Creative Writing Departments of George Washington University, American University, and Catholic University. She was awarded poetry residencies at Yaddo and Frost Place. Her poetry has appeared nationwide in The Atlantic, Slate, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times blog, The Hudson Review and the syndicated newspaper column, ‘‘American Life in Poetry.’’ Her essays have appeared in Division Review: A Quarterly Psychoanalytic Forum; The Chronicle; Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society; and The Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, and The British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. She was formerly affiliated with George Washington University, Catholic University, and American University. She has presented her work at the Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, and the American Psychoanalytic Association.


Ph.D., George Washington University, 1993, English and American Literature

M.A., Brown University, 1980

Creative Writing and American Poetry

Teaching Appointments:

Poetry Faculty, Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Maryland, 2010-2023

Assistant Professor, George Washington University, 2003-2015 (Full time fixed term appointment)

Professorial Lecturer, American University, 2015-2020

Professorial Lecturer, Catholic University, 2016-2018

Fellowships and Grants:

Residency and Fellowship at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, August 2017.

Residency Poetry Fellowship at Frost Place, Franconia, Vermont, 2008.

Nominations for Awards:

Pulitzer Prize for The Bad Secret, submitted by LSU 2006; Ingham Merrill Prize for Atonement, 2001, Lenore Marshall Prize for Atonement, 2001, William Carlos Williams Prize for The Bad Secret, 2006, Kingsley Tufts Award for The Bad Secret, 2006.