Jane Harrington Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Jane Harrington

Payne 302
703.915.9589 (text or call)

MFA in Fiction from Carlow University, 2015
MA in Teaching of Writing and Literature, George Mason University, 2010
BS in Business, George Mason University, 1989


The Great Hunger of Ireland (folk narratives and history); 19th Century poet/activist Lady Wilde; Fairy tales by 17th Century French salon women; Issues in contemporary children's literature


ENGL 203: Topics in Creative Writing--Fiction; Writing for Children
ENGL 292B: British Literature: Children's Literature
ENGL 234: Children's Literature--the Fairy Tale
WRIT 100: Controversies in Children's Literature

Selected Publications

Literary fiction, lyric prose, and essay:

"The Wandering the World" in New Square, Fall 2019 (Vol 2, Issue 1)

"We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at 'The Star-Child,' a Fairy Tale By Oscar Wilde," in New Square, Fall 2019 (Vol 2, Issue 1)

"Settling" in Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene, ed. Jessica S. Cory (West Virginia U P 2019)

"The Elf Lord," Port Yonder Press, fiction feature, Nov. 2017; Eastern Iowa Review, Best Lyric Prose Plus, Issue 7, 2018

"You. There. Now." in Feminine Collective, June 2017

“Poet Wanderer (Amongst the Trial Men of Reading Gaol)” in Claudius Speaks, Issue III: Buried, 2017

“Ossein Pith” in Eastern Iowa Review, Issue 3, 2017

“The Die is Cast” and “An Apology Tour” in Who Want the World Like It Is? A 2016 Election Anthology, Birds Piled Loosely Press, January 2017

“Strangers on the Road” in Circa, April 2016

“Unanswered” in Copperfield Review, February 2016

“All God’s Children Gonna Take a Ride” in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Volume 7, 2015 (also nominated for a Pushcart Prize and short-listed for Ireland’s 2014 Sean O’Faolain International Short Story Prize)

“The Waiting Room” in Mom Egg Review, Volume 13, 2015

“Watching—the Fall” in Portland Review, 2015

“Sirius” in Chautauqua, Volume 11, 2014

Fiction and nonfiction for the youth market:

My Best Friend, the Atlantic Ocean, and Other Great Bodies Standing Between Me and My Life With Giulio (Lerner 2008), a Junior Library Guild selection

Four Things My Geeky-Jock-of-a-Best-Friend Must Do In Europe (Lerner/Scholastic 2006), a Junior Library Guild selection

Extreme Pets! (Scholastic 2006), a selection by the Children’s Book Council and International Reading Association; an American Library Association/YALSA “Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers”

Lucy’s (Completely Cool & Totally True) E-Journal (Scholastic paperback 2001), a Scholastic Book Fairs national bestseller