Peter Harris has managed to suggest the principles of Buddhism without renouncing the world around him, mixing the pleasures and misfortunes of life, and retaining a humorous, whimsical yet contemplative balance in his poems.
A Zen student since 1993, he became a priest in the Soto lineage in 2008, practicing at Treetop Zen Center in Oakland, Maine. He has taught “Zen and the art of composition” as well as several versions of “Buddhism and American Poetry,” both of which include a modicum of daily in-class meditation. He begins all his classes with meditation.
Peter Harris, Zacamy Professor in English, is a poet and professor of American literature. Since 1974 he has taught in Colby’s English department. He graduated from Middlebury College, earned a Ph.D. in American literature from Indiana University and, later, received his MFA from Warren Wilson College in poetry writing.
His chapbook, Blue Hallelujahs, won the Maine chapbook competition in 1996. His work has appeared in, among other places, The Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner, and Green Mountains Review.
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