|PETER J. HARRIS, founder and Artistic Director of Inspiration House, is an African American cultural worker who has since the 1970s published his poetry, essays, and fiction in a wide range of national publications; worked as a publisher, journalist, editor and broadcaster; and been an educator, and workshop leader for adults and adolescents.
His work has often explored the lives of Black men.
His magazine, "Genetic Dancers: The Artistry Within African/American Fathers," published during the 1980s, was the first magazine of its kind.
His book "Hand Me My Griot Clothes: The Autobiography of Junior Baby," featured a philosophical elder Black man ruminating on life, love, and ethics, and won the PEN Oakland award for multicultural literature in 1993.
His personal essays about manhood and masculinity have been published in several anthologies, including "Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories"; "Black Men Speaking"; "Fathersongs"; "I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love"; and "What It Means to be a Man" which is edited by Rebecca Walker.
Author: The Johnson Chronicles: Truth & Tall Tales about My Penis (2005)
Author: Safe Arms: 20 Love & Erotic Poems (and One Ooh Baby Baby Moan) (2004)
Author: Hand Me My Griot Clothes: The Autobiography of Junior Baby (poetry),
Black Classic Press, Baltimore (1993). Winner: Oakland PEN Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence.
Author: Wherever Dreams Live (fiction), Life Signs: Words & Images, El Cerrito, CA (1982)
Founding Publisher/Editor: The Drumming Between Us: Black Love & Erotic Poetry, a magazine, Los Angeles (1994 to 1999)
Founding Publisher/Editor: Genetic Dancers: The Magazine for and about the Artistry within African/American Fathers, Oakland, CA (1984 to 1991)
Assistant Editor, The Dispatcher, International Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union, San Francisco, CA (1984-1987)
Assistant Editor: Black Film Review, Washington, D.C. (1989-1991)
Co-editor: Forgotten Languages, Statewide Anthology, California Poets in the Schools (1985)
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