Born in Alabama, the writer Maggie Harrison was reared in six towns across the states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, and Arkansas. At eighteen, Maggie catapulted across the Mason-Dixon line and beyond, landing in the San Francisco bay area, but has continued to transport to other worlds via an unquenchable appetite for story and the written word.
Maggie’s short fiction has been published in Prism Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, New Letters, Blithe House Quarterly, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, Sinister Wisdom, and Transfer. You’ll find their creative nonfiction in Entropy‘s WOVEN series, Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, and the Ignatian Literary Magazine, and their poetry in Wrath-Bearing Tree and the anthology Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color. Their story “Everything I Know of You I Know From Your Warts” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Their manuscript, Molehills of Mississippi: a novel of grace in an age of terror, was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and the Lee Smith Novel Prize from Blair Press.
Maggie earned a B.A. in Feminist Studies from Stanford University, a teaching credential from the School of Education at Mills College, and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University. They’ve taught writing to and learned ineffable lessons of humanity from thousands of students in contexts ranging from Oakland and San Francisco public high schools to Ecuadoran language classrooms to collegiate creative writing classes. They currently teach English and Women’s and Gender Studies at City College of San Francisco, where they chair the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.
Their home is now in San Francisco with their partner and son.