Richard Harrison, Emeritus


BSc Biology (Trent)
BA Philosophy (Trent)
MA English (Concordia)


Office: EA3128
Phone: 403.466.2881


Richard Harrison is a multiple-award-winning poet, essayist, and editor. His most recent book, On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood, was awarded the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry and the Stephan G. Stephansson Alberta Poetry Prize. His six books of poetry include Big Breath of a Wish, poems about his daughter's acquisition of language, and Hero of the Play, poems in the language of hockey, launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has published on literary criticism, cosplay, spoken word poetry, and mathematics. As well as hockey and literature (about which he co-edited the collection Now is the Winter), Richard also contributes to the scholarship on the superhero: with MRU colleague Lee Easton, he co-authored the book of essays, Secret Identity Reader (2010). Currently a Professor Emeritus at MRU, Richard's scholarly and artistic efforts are focused on the teaching of writing and on poetry as contributor to public dialogue and social change. 

Creative Writing student Sarah Howden interviews Richard here.