BBC Culture recently recommended its list of “Ten Books to Read in December,” and WPI professor Joshua Harmon’s newest short story collection made the cut. The work is called History of Cold Seasons, published by Dzanc.
In a column titled “Between the Lines,” author and BBC book critic Jane Ciabattari states: “In a dozen oblique, sometimes experimental stories, Harmon, author of the novel Quinnehtukqut (2007), captures the harsh and austere beauty of New England. … A remarkably assured and poetic first collection.”
Harmon is an assistant teaching professor in the Humanities & Arts department. Now in his second year on campus, creative writing is at the center of his teaching. Included among his professional highlights is the Cabell First Novelist Prize finalist in 2008 and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in 2004.
Harmon cites modernist writers such as William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf as influences in his early development. “My novel is an homage to both The Sound and the Fury [Faulkner] and to Woolf’s Jacob’s Room,” he says.