Peter J. Harris, winner of the City of LA’s 2017–’18 COLA Fellowship, is the author of Bless the Ashes, poetry (Tia Chucha Press), winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award; and The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My “Unalienable Right”, a book of personal essays, winner of a 2015 American Book Award. Learn more at www.blackmanofhappiness.com/shop. Since the 1970s, Harris has published his work in a wide variety of publications, most recently in Voices from Leimert Park Redux, edited by Shonda Buchanan; Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, edited by Suzanne Lummis; Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology, edited by Thelma T. Reyna, poet laureate of Altadena; and Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts in Los Angeles, edited by Neelanjana Banerjee, Daniel A. Olivas, and Ruben J. Rodriguez. Since 1992, he's been a member of the Anansi Writers Workshop at the World Stage, in Los Angeles’s Leimert Park.
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