Until ten years ago Marc Harshman taught fifth and sixth grades at the Sand Hill School, one of the last of the three-room country schools. Raised in Indiana, he has lived his adult life in West Virginia with his wife, Cheryl Ryan (author, artist, & librarian), and his twentry-year-old daughter, Sarah. The author of eleven picture books for children, he is also a poet and storyteller. His children's books have been published in Spanish, Korean, Danish, and Swedish. ONLY ONE was a Reading Rainbow review title on PBS TV and THE STORM was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, a Children's Book Council Notable Book for Social Studies, and a 1995 Parent's Choice Award recipient. "Booklist" has called this same title "a knowing book that will speak to all children about self-image and hard-won success." Mr. Harshman was honored in 1994 by receiving the Ezra Jack Keats / Kerlan Collection Fellowship from the University of Minnesota for research on Scandinavian myth and folklore. He was also named the West Virginia state English teacher of the year by the West Virginia English Language Arts Council in 1995. More recently he was named the recipient of the WV Arts Commission Fellowship in Poetry for the year 2000 and the Fellowship in Children’s Literature for 2008. He holds degrees from Bethany College, Yale University Divinity School, and the University of Pittsburgh.
His newest children’s book is ONLY ONE NEIGHBORHOOD, (co-authored & illustrated by Barbara Garrison, 2007.) This newest title is being hailed as the “rich companion to the classic ONLY ONE.” Other recent children’s titles include ROADS (Cavendish, 2002) and RED ARE THE APPLES (Harcourt, 2001), the latter co-written with his wife, Cheryl Ryan. His third chapbook of poems, LOCAL JOURNEYS, has recently been published by the Finishing Line Press [Cincinnati, OH]. Additional children’s stories may also be found in Cricket Magazine.
Mr. Harshman is represented by Liza Pulitzer-Voges of Kirchoff / Wohlberg, Inc.
PO Box 2111
Wheeling, WV 26003
Note: A Little Excitement, Snow Company, Rocks in My Pockets, and All the Way to Morning, have been re-issued in paperback by the Quarrier Press, Charleston, WV.
Note re. Cobblehill/Dutton titles: ONLY ONE is in its 20th hardback printing and THE STORM is in its 14th hardback printing.
Here is a brief autobiography of Marc - LITTLE
ORPHANT ANNIE, THE STORY TABLE, AND THE MEASLES