Pandemics: Author Spotlight – Erina Harris

Erina Harris is a Canadian author, scholar and Creative Writing Instructor. Her hybrid writings have been published and awarded internationally. She is a graduate and Fellow of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Poetics and Pedagogy at the University of Alberta (SSHRC). Her first poetry collection, The Stag Head Spoke was short-listed for the Canadian Authors’ Association Poetry Award (2015). The poem published here is an excerpt from the completed manuscript Persephone’s Abecedarium: An Alphabet Play (An Ecopoetical Adaptation of the Homeric “Hymn to Demeter”), publication date TBA. In 2021, Erina activated the website, and public invitation to the social poetics project The Foster Words Project for collaboration; please visit for your invitation to participate.


Her poem “UNWARDS, The Printing Press in Hell: Testimony II (Spoken by Hades)” can be read on our website at


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