Jane Harrington Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Jane Harrington

Payne 302


MFA Fiction from Carlow University, 2015
MA Teaching of Writing and Literature, George Mason University, 2010
PostBacc Cert, Environmental Management, George Mason University, 1997
BS Business/Decision Sciences, 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


Creative Writing Workshops: Intro to CW; Intro to Fiction; Writing for Children
Children's Literature: The Fairy Tale
Controversies in Children's Literature

Selected Publications

Literary fiction, lyric prose, and essay:

Women of the Fairy Tale Resistance, nonfiction book, Black Dog and Leventhal (Hachette), to be published in 2025

In Circling Flightwinner of the Brighthorse Prize for the Novel (Brighthorse Books 2022) and longlisted for the Crooks Corner Book Prize (2023)

In Circling Flight: A Craft Talk, Agee Online Reading Series, Pellissippi State (Winter 2022-23)

"Nudging a Novel from its Nest: What I've Learned," an essay in the Triskelion, Carlow University (Winter 2022)

"To Lady Wilde (Amongst the Trial Men of Reading Gaol)" in New Square, Spring 2021 (Vol 3, Issue 2)

"Béarra" in BIG FICTION, Winter 2020

"Settling" in Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene, ed. Jessica S. Cory (West Virginia U P 2019); short-listed for the 2016 Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award, Wexford Literary Festival, Ireland

"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)

"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

“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

“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