Born in Alabama, the writer Maggie Harrison was reared in six towns across the states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, and Arkansas. At eighteen, she catapulted across the Mason-Dixon line and beyond, landing in the San Francisco bay area, but has continued to transport herself to other worlds via an unquenchable appetite for story and the written word.
Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Prism Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, New Letters, Blithe House Quarterly, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, Sinister Wisdom, and Transfer. You’ll find her creative nonfiction in Entropy‘s WOVEN series, Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, and the Ignatian Literary Magazine, and her poetry in the anthology Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color. Her story “Everything I Know of You I Know From Your Warts” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her 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.
She 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. She’s 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. She currently teaches English and Women’s and Gender Studies at City College of San Francisco, where she chairs the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.
Her home is now in San Francisco with her partner and their son.