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Earth Day, April 22, 2018 – Author Harriet Levin Millan talked about her upcoming poetry book My Oceanography, and her award-winning debut novel How Fast Can You Run, about the life of African migrant Michael Majok Kuch, amidst other Harvard Square Editions titles at Split This Rock 2018, Washington D.C., a festival for and about socially engaged literati:


“There was interest in books about climate change. Some complained that Split This Rock had very little addressing climate change so they were happy to see our Harvard Square Editions booth!” said Harriet Levin Millan.



The Split This Rock social justice fair features the critically important work of socially engaged poets, writers, organizations, progressive presses, literary magazines, and independent newspapers, at annually, for free. Some of the fair’s events were held at Busboys and Poets⎯a friendly coffee house in a multicultural neighborhood. Unlike in medieval times, poetry in recent years has drawn smaller crowds than other forms of literature, but with activism growing in popularity, the number of attendees swelled to over 500. All manner of progressive causes were represented. Participants included writers of all ages, with a heavy concentration among 18- to 40-year-olds.


For Harriet, it was a great chance to catch up with some of her fellow writers, including poetry hero E. Ethelbert Miller, Editor of Poet Lore





9781941861202-PerfectMEDAL.inddHarriet’s migrant novel How Fast Can You Run about the life of African immigrant, Michael Majok Kuch, is an IPPY medalist; a Living Now Book Award medalistINDIEFAB Finalist; and #1 Amazon bestseller in biographical fiction. It was included in Reader’s Digest’s Best Books That Inspire You to Travel and featured in Drexel Magazine.


Michael Majok Kuch and Harriet Levin Millan, author of the migrant novel, HOW FAST CAN YOU RUN, photo courtesy of DREXEL MAGAZINE



Harriet Levin Millan is a prize winning poet and writer. Her poetry collection, The Christmas Show, (Beacon Press) was selected for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and The Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. She received a MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop and has written for The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, PEN America, The Smart Set, among other publications. She and her family founded the Reunion Project and along with the participation of Philadelphia-area high school and college students, raised money to reunite several Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan with their mothers living abroad. She teaches creative writing in the English Department at Drexel University and directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing. She lives with her husband outside Philadelphia.

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