Remembering the Great Jim Harrison
Tributes from His Friends and Admirers
Jim Harrison—writer, poet, storyteller—died last Saturday, March 26th, at the age of 78. He is remembered here by his friends and admirers. To read a selection of some of Harrison’s last poems, head here.
Barry Lopez: “Losing him just makes you still for a while.”
Jayne Anne Phillips: “He loved and sang and growled and celebrated.”
Charles Frazier: “Reading his work makes me feel like the world has expanded.”
Lucy Kogler: “I will always remember him as a poet.”
Terry McDonell: “‘Eat or die’ was his motto.”
Rick Bass: “With his death, the world got smaller.”
[Read Rick Bass on the first time he met Jim Harrison, from Narrative.]
Richard Flanagan: “He viewed the world and all things within it with weary wonder.”
Michael Wiegers: “He wrote us all into this world and made us a part of it.”
Joseph Bednarik: “‘The close work’ was joyful work.”
Image © Andy Anderson, courtesy Narrative Magazine.
Watch: A few months before Jim Harrison’s death, Grove Atlantic associate publisher Judy Hottensen was able to spend the day with the award-winning writer.