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Recent Praise of Restless for Words: Poems

DeWitt Henry's awareness is contemporary as he seeks to make sense of the nuance of life, acknowledge feminist ideology, and strives to have literary representation beyond Shakespeare and the classics. His narrative voice is extremely contemplative and there is a yearning to make sense of a changing world, a connection to nature, and a complete confidence in who he is and where he comes from. There is an emotional intelligence and kindness that rings true.

—Carrie Hatland, Co-Director (Canada), ILS-International Literary Seminars


Born 6/30/41 in Wayne, PA. Radnor High School, 1959; A.B. Amherst College, 1963; M.A. in English, Harvard Univ., 1965; Ph.D. English, Harvard Univ., 1971; completed requirements for M.F.A. University of Iowa, 1968 (did not take the degree). Married Constance Sherbill 1973; two children Ruth Kathryn Henry born 1977; David Jung Min Henry born 1985. Grandaughters Eva Luz Henry born 2003, Maya Salome Torres-Henry born 2009. Olivia Henry born 2019.  Sister Judy Friedericy; brothers Charles (deceased 1999) and John T. Henry (deceased 2004). Founding editor of Ploughshares literary magazine, and active editor and director 1971-1995. Interim Director of Ploughshares 6/2007-10/2008. Professor Emeritus , Emerson College, 2016-present. Professor, Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College, 2006-2015; Associate Professor 1989 to 2006: hired as Assistant Professor 1983; Acting Chairperson 1987-8; Chairperson 1989-93. Contributing editor to Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices (2013-) and to The Woven Tale Press: Arts and Literary Journal (2016-).

My Writing, Editing and Publishing Life



THE MARRIAGE OF ANNA MAYE POTTS (Foreword by Margot Livesey), Pierian Springs Press, 2023 (pb and hardcover).


TRIM RECKONINGS: POEMS, Pierian Springs Press, 2023 (pb and hardcover).


FOUNDLINGS: FOUND POEMS FROM PROSE (Art by Ruth K. Henry), Pierian Springs Press, 2023 (U.S. edition with illustrations, pb and hard cover).


RESTLESS FOR WORDS: POEMS, Finishing Line Press, 2023


FOUNDLINGS: FOUND POEMS FROM PROSE, Life Before Man/Gazebo Books, 2022


ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS: FAMILY ESSAYS, MadHat Press, 2021 (Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, 2022).


SWEET MARJORAM: NOTES AND ESSAYS, Plume Editions / MadHat Press, 2018.

FALLING: SIX STORIES, CreateSpace, 2016


SWEET DREAMS: A FAMILY HISTORY, Hidden River Press, 2011


Novel:THE MARRIAGE OF ANNA MAYE POTTS, University of Tennesee Press, 2001 (winner of the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel)

Anthologies Edited:



FATHERING DAUGHTERS: REFLECTIONS BY MEN (with James Alan McPherson), Beacon Press 1998, pb. 1999


THE PLOUGHSHARES READER: NEW FICTION FOR THE 80S, Pushcart Press, 1984, NAL, 1985; winner Third Annual Editors Book Award


Vol. 37, Nos. 2&3, Fortieth Anniversary Issue, 2011

Vol. 17, Nos 2&3, Twentieth Anniversary Issue (with Joyce Peseroff), 1991

Vol. 16, Nos 2&3, Confronting Racial Difference (with James Alan McPherson), 1990

Vol. 13, Nos 2&3, Fiction Issue, 1987

Vol. 11, Nos 2&3, Fiction Issue (with James Alan McPherson), 1985

Vol. 8, No 4, Fiction Issue, 1982

Vol. 5, No4, Fiction Issue, 1979

Vol. 4, No. 4 Fiction Issue (with Tim O'Brien), 1978

Vol. 4, No 2 Women Imagine Men/Men Imagine Women (with Rosellen Brown and Andre Dubus), 1978

Vol. 4, No 3, Criticism Issue (with Linda Bamber), 1978

Vol. 3, No 1, Fiction Issue (with Tim O'Brien), 1976

Vol. 2, No 2, Realism Issue, 1974

Vol. 1, No. 1, Inaugural Issue, 1971

[Staff Prose editor on all issues 1971-90; 2008-09]

Fiction, Essays, Poems and Personal Narratives in periodicals and anthologies:



"Overloon Museum,"  poem, SHEILA-NA-GIG, Summer, 2024 (https://sheilanagigblog.com/poetry-archives/volumes-8-1-8-4-fall-2023-summer-2024/the-poets-volume-8-4-summer-2024/dewitt-henry-museum/).


"On Writing Memoir," poem, FIRST LITERARY REVIEW-EAST, Spring, 2024 (www.rulrul.4mg.com).


"Masquers," "The Birdly," poems, CONSTELLATIONS, Vol. 13 (DECEPTION), Fall, 2023


"Celebration of Food Poem," poem, IBBETSON STREET #54, December, 2023


"From the Horse's Mouth," poem, THE ARTS FUSE, November 30, 2023 (https://artsfuse.org ).


"Funky Robot," poem, WOVEN TALE PRESS,Vol. XI, #5, October 1, 2023 (https://www.thewoventalepress.net/ ).


"Pratfalls" and "Climate Change," poems, SOMERVILLE TIMES, 8/16/23 (https://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/126528 ).


"Scars," poem, WESTERLY 68.1, July, 2023 (https://westerlymag.com.au/).


"Awakenings," poem, CONSEQUENCE FORUM, June 9, 2023 (https://consequenceforum.substack.com/p/awakenings?sd=pf ).


"Fun," prose poem, PLAY ANTHOLOGY OF MICROLIT, ed. Cassandra Atherton, Spineless Wonders Press, 2023.


"On Heart," poem, Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, Uncertainty, Vol 12, Fall 2022.


"Andrew Wyeth," poem, The Banyan Review, Issue 13/Winter 2022 (http://www.thebanyanreview.com/summer-2022-2/dewitt-henry-winter-2022/ )


"Rabbit," poem (with poet's background comment under "Archives"), Plume, Issue #134 October 2022  (https://plumepoetry.com/author/henry-dewitt/#).


"Faux Pas," story, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (Taylor & Francis), Vol. 19, No. 3, September 20, 2022 (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14790726.2022.2123525?src=).


"from FOUNDLINGS" ("Planetarium," "Courtship (1)," "Home Birth," with an introduciton), On the Seawall, August 9, 2022 (www.ronslate.com/ ).


"Palimpset," poem, Hiroshima Day Anthology, Moonstone Press, August 7, 2022


"On Knowing," poem, Ibbetson Street #51, July, 2022.


"Gone Phishing," poem, Blyden Square Review, Summer, June, 2022 (https://blydynsquarebooks.com/blydyn-square-review/read-the-review/blydyn-square-review-summer-2022/).


"On Mapping," "On Ordeals," "On Rocks," Axon: Creative Explorations Vol 12, No 1, June 2022 (https://www.axonjournal.com.au/issues/12-1/3-poems-henry).


"On Drift," poem, Wisconsin Review, No. 52.1, Spring 2022.


"On Leaves," poem, ONE by Jacar Press, Issue 26, April 28, 2022 (http://one.jacarpress.com/#DeWitt%20Henry).


"Subway," poem, First Literary Review--East, March/April 2022 (http://www.rulrul.4mg.com/ ).


"On Property," poem, The American Poetry Journal, Vol. 12, Jan. 1, 2022


"Heads Up," poem, Ibbetson Street #50, December 26, 2021


"On Wonder," poem, Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, Vol 11, Fall 2021.


"Dayenu," essay, Unlikely Stories Mark V, September 9, 2021 (https://www.unlikelystories.org/content/dayenu).


"Medallion," poem, The Banyan Review, May 2021 (http://www.thebanyanreview.com/dewitt-henry-featured-mayinterval/)


"On Lust," poem, Plume No. 117, May 1, 2021


"On Despair," poem, Ibbetson Street #48, December, 2020.


"Replaying Doom," essay, Speculative Nonfiction #4, December 15, 2020.


"Father of the Bride," essay, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, Winter 2020.


"On Ghosts," poem, On the Seawall, December 16, 2020 (www.ronslate.com/on-ghosts/)


"Long Distance," essay, Juked, September 9, 2020 (http://www.juked.com/2020/09/dewitt-henry-long-distance.asp).


"On Design," poem, Unlikely Stories Mark V, August 31, 2020 (https://www.unlikelystories.org/content/on-design).


"On Glamor," flash essay, On the Seawall, April 28, 2020 (www.ronslate.com/on-glamor/)


"On Spirit (in three parts)," "On Confluence," "On Levity," poems, Muddy River Poetry Review,#22, Spring 2020 (https://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/


"On Bars," poem, NewVersseNews, April 13, 2020 (https://newversenews.blogspot.com/)


"On Shadows," "On Risk," poems, PLUME #103, March, 2020


"On Rank," poem, Ibbetson Street #46, February, 2020.


"On Statues," poem, The Woven Tale Press, Vol. VII, No. 10, December 3, 2019 (http://online.flipbuilder.com/eovs/uiau/).


"Remembering Henry Bromell," critical essay, Ploughshares Blog, Sept. 19, 2019 (http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/remembering-henry-bromell/).


"Dyeing Mother's Hair (1955)," flash memoir, The Woven Tale Press, Vol. VII, No.7, Sept 3, 2019


"On Agency," poem, On the Seawall, August 20, 2019 (www.ronslate.com/on-agency/)


"On Candidates," poem, Ibbetson Street #45, June, 2019.


"On Place," flash essay, On the Seawall, March 19, 2019 (https://www.ronslate.com/on-place/)


"On Meat," essay, Juked, Nov.10, 2018 (http://juked.com/2018/11/dewitt-henry-on-meat.asp).


"On Fact and Fiction," essay, THE WOVEN TALE PRESS CENTRAL, Oct. 10, 2018 (https://wtpcentral.thewoventalepress.net/2018/10/10/on-art-and-fact/)


"On Dignity," essay, MICHIGAN QUARTERLY REVIEW On Line, Oct. 1, 2018 (https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/mqr/2018/10/on-dignity-by-dewitt-henry/)


"Remembering James Alan McPherson," personal essay, Ploughshares blog, September 16, 2018 (http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/remembering-james-alan-mcpherson/ )

"On Color," essay, The Woven Tale Press, Vol. VI, No. 3, April 3, 2018

"On Cursing," essay, The Massachusetts Review, Vol. 59, No.1, 2018

"On Bonds," essay, LitMag, No. 2, March 12, 2018

"On Empathy," essay, PLUME No. 80, March 2, 2018 (http://plumepoetry.com/2018/02/on-empathy/ )

"Notes On Privilege," prose collage, SOLSTICE, Winter, December 19, 2017 (https://solsticelitmag.org/content/notes-on-privilege/ ).

"The Real Thing," prose poem, Woven Tale Press, Vol.5, No.9, November 1, 2017 (thewoventalepress.net).

"Notes On Silence," prose collage, PLUME No. 75, October 1, 2017 (http://plumepoetry.com/2017/09/notes-on-silence/ )

"On Handshakes," prose collage, PLUME No. 74, September 1, 2017 (http://plumepoetry.com/2017/08/on-handshakes/ ).

"Notes on Time," prose collage, JUKED, August 8, 2017 ( http://juked.com/2017/08/dewitt-henry-notes-on-time.asp ).

"On Voice," prose collage, Woven Tale Press, Vol. 5, No. 2, March 2017 (thewoventalepress.net).

"On Falling," prose poem, Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, Vol 6, Fall 2016.

"Cambridge Vignettes (from 1960s)," narrative, Wilderness House Literary Review, Vol. 11, No. 3, October, 2016 (http://www.whlreview.com/no-11.3/essays/DeWittHenry.pdf )

"What is a Jerk?" essay, Woven Tale Press, Vol. IV, No. 7, September, 2016 (thewoventalepress.net; also http://www.thewoventalepress.net/2016/09/04/press-spotlight-dewitt-henry/ )

"Notes on Conscience," essay, Brevity, Issue 52, May 2016 (http://brevitymag.com/nonfiction/notes-on-conscience/).

"On Weather," essay, Massachusetts Review, Vol. LVI, No. 3, October, 2015

"Jack's Last Ride," Del Sol Review #19, June 2013 (http://delsolreview.webdelsol.com/dsr19/Henry.htm)

"Deaths In My Life," essay, MEMOIR, Issue 11, December 1, 2012

"Shamrocks and Salad Days," memoir, SOLSTICE, Spring 2012.

"Keep Candy Handy," excerpt from SWEET DREAMS, THE WRITERS WORKSHOP REVIEW, Vol. 6, March 2012 (http://www.thewritersworkshopreview.net/issue.cgi)

"On Golf," memoir, WILDERNESS HOUSE LITERARY REVIEW, Vol. 6, No. 4, Winter
2011-2012 (http://www.whlreview.com/no-6.4/essays/DeWittHenry.pdf)

"On Swimming," memoir, DUCTS, Issue 28, Winter 2011-12 (http://www.ducts.org/content/on-swimming/); reprinted in THE MAN WHO ATE HIS BOOK: THE BEST OF DUCTS.ORG, Vol. II, edited by Jonathan Kravetz & Charles Salzberg, Greenpoint Press, 2013

"Sweet Dreams: A Family History" (excerpt), SERVING HOUSE JOURNAL, Issue 4, Fall 2011 (www.servinghousejournal.com).

"Perspectives," non-fiction, SOLSTICE, Summer Issue, July, 2010

"A Tribute to 'Tornado at the Club,' from Evan S. Connell's Mrs. Bridge (as revised into the Screenplay, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala)," fiction, WILDERNESS HOUSE LITERARY REVIEW #5/1, April, 2010. Awarded a Chekhov Prize for Excellence as best fiction of the year.


"Train Station," story, NIGHT TRAIN #4, Fall 2004

"Besmirched," narrative, THE GREEN HILLS LITERARY LANTERN #15 (2004)

"On Aging," narrative, THE IOWA REVIEW, 34/1, Spring 2004 (cited as distinctive in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2004).

"Dress Rehearsal," narrative, THE GREEN HILLS LITERARY LANTERN #14 (2003)

"My Dog Story," narrative, THE NEBRASKA REVIEW, Spring 2003 (cited as distinctive in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, 2004).

"Arias," narrative, THE GREEN HILLS LITERARY LANTERN #13 (2002)

"Promises to Keep," narrative, PLOUGHSHARES (30th anniversary issue), 2001

"Forces of Nature: A Dream Retold," narrative, THE HARVARD REVIEW, 2001

"Innocents Abroad," narrative, AGNI, 2001 (Cited as distinctive in Best American Essays of 2002)

"Gravity," narrative, IOWA REVIEW, 2001

"Odd," narrative, COTTONWOOD REVIEW 5/4, Fall 1999

"First Love," narrative, AGNI REVIEW 49, 1999 [http://fictionaut.com/stories/dewitt-henry/first-love ]

"My Own Private Cambridge," narrative, NEBRASKA REVIEW, 27/1, Winter 1999 (cited a distinctive in Best American Essays 2000)

"Beautiful Flower," narrative, BERKELEY FICTION REVIEW 18, Summer 1998

"Wide Awake," narrative, MISSOURI REVIEW, Spring 1998 (cited as distinctive in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1999)

"Wide-eyed," narrative, FATHERING DAUGHTERS, eds Henry and McPherson, Beacon Press, 1998

"Improvisational," narrative, IOWA REVIEW, Spring 1998

"Departures, narrative, THE COLORADO REVIEW XXV, Spring 1998

"Embodiment," narrative, NERVE, Fall 1997 (www.nervemag.com/contributors/Henry)

"Subversions," narrative, THE NEBRASKA REVIEW, Jan. 1997 (cited as distinctive in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1998)

"Memoir of My Father," narrative, THE AMERICAN VOICE, October, 1996 (cited as distinctive in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1997)

"Bungee," narrative, THE IOWA REVIEW, Spring 1996 (cited as distinctive in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1997)

"On My Racism: Notes by a WASP," narrative, PLOUGHSHARES, 1990 (cited as distinctive in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1991)

"Courtship," fiction, THE EMERSON REVIEW, Winter 1990

"Witness," narrative, THE PUSHCART PRIZE XIV, 1989(revised and expanded from BOULEVARD below)

"Witness," narrative, BOULEVARD 1988 (won $1000 Boulevard Fiction Award for best of the year)

"Subjunctive Lives," fiction, THE TEXAS REVIEW, 1989 (lead story)

"Lord of Autumn," fiction, PLOUGHSHARES (ed. Ellen Wilbur), 1984; cited as distinctive in PUSHCART PRIZE listing

"Hospital," novel excerpt, AGNI REVIEW #15, 1981

"Possession," novel excerpt, PLOUGHSHARES (ed. Dan Wakefield), 1981; cited as distinctive in PUSHCART listing

"Philandering," story, ASPECT 61, 1975; republished on Fictionaut, May, 2016 (http://fictionaut.com/stories/dewitt-henry/philandering).

"Ballgame," novel excerpt, PLOUGHSHARES 1/1, 1971

Selected Articles, Criticism, Interviews, Reviews:


Review of HEARTWORM by Adam Scheffler, Plume #142 June 2023 (https://plumepoetry.com/adam-schefflers-heartworm-reviewed-by-dewitt-henry/)


Review of THERE MIGHT BE A MOON OR A DOG and CITY OF LEMONS by Marc Vincenz: "A Poem, and a Prose Novel," Woven Tale Press, September 23, 2022 (https://www.thewoventalepress.net/2022/09/23/showcasing-marc-vincenz/)


Review of LITTLE MATCHES: A MEMOIR OF GRIEF AND LIGHT by Maryanne O'Hara, Woven Tale Press Central, April 13, 2021 (https://www.thewoventalepress.net/2021/04/15/reflective-grief/)


Review of PETITION by Joyce Peseroff, Plume #115, March 2021 (https://plumepoetry.com/petition-by-joyce-peseroff-reviewed-by-dewitt-henry/)


Review of DAD'S MAYBE BOOK by Tim O'Brien, THE WOVEN TALE PRESS, Oct. 4, 2019 (https://www.thewoventalepress.net/2019/10/03/dads-maybe-book-by-tim-obrien)


Review of SILENCE by Jane Brox, THE WOVEN TALE PRESS, Feb. 19, 2019 (https://www.thewoventalepress.net/book-reviews/)


Review of THE LIMITS OF THE WORLD by Jennifer Acker, THE WOVEN TALE PRESS, Feb. 14, 2019 (https://www.thewoventalepress.net/book-reviews/).


"INVENTING THE WORLD: The Fiction Writer's Guidebook to Craft and Process" by Jack Smith, review, Woven Tale Press Central, 10/24/18 (http://bit.ly/2q1gJXd ).

"Two Cosmopolitan Collections: VOICES, PLACES, by David Mason and OBJECTS OF AFFECTION by Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough," review, Woven Tale Press Central, 7/12/18 (http://wtpcentral.thewoventalepress.net/2018/07/12/two-cosmopolitan-collections/)

"Words That Don't Exist," shoptalk, Woven Tale Press, 2/5/18 (http://www.thewoventalepress.net/2018/02/05/words-dont-exist/).

Review of THE HIDDEN MACHINERY by Margot Livesey, THE WOVEN TALE PRESS, October 5, 2017.

Review of HEATING & COOLING by Beth Ann Fennelly, THE WOVEN TALE PRESS, October 3, 2017 (http://www.thewoventalepress.net/2017/10/03/book-review-heating-cooling/).

Commentary, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER on CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE (Blog), September 15, 2017 (https://celebritiesindisgrace.wordpress.com/).

"On SHOULD I STILL WISH: A MEMOIR by John W. Evans," THE KENYON REVIEW, July 14, 2017 (http://www.kenyonreview.org/reviews/should-i-still-wish-by-john-w-evans-738439/ ).

Commentary, ZUZU'S PETALS on CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE (Blog), June 22, 2017

Review of LONESOME LIES BEFORE US: A NOVEL by Don Lee (Norton, 2017), THE WOVEN TALE PRESS, May 12, 2017, (http://bit.ly/2oRnIUC).

Review of UNSPEAKABLE THINGS: A NOVEL by Katheen Spivack (Knopf, 2016), BOSTONIA, Winter-Spring 2017

Review of IN SUNLIGHT OR IN SHADOW: STORIES INSPIRED BY THE PAINTINGS OF EDWARD HOPPER, ed Lawrence Block (Pegasus, 2016), THE WOVEN TALE PRESS, February 9,2017 (http://www.thewoventalepress.net/2017/02/09/book-review-sunlight-shadow/).

Review of THE WORLD ON FIRE by Jerald Walker (Beacon, 2016), FOURTH GENRE (Spring, 2017).

Review of MOVIEOLA! by John Domini (Dzanc Books, 2016), PLEIADES BOOK REVIEW, 14.1 (supplement to Pleiades 37.1, Winter 2017).

Review of "Richard Gilbert's Draft No. 4," a blog, THE WOVEN TALE PRESS BLOG, Sept. 6, 2016 (http://www.thewoventalepress.net/2016/09/06/richard-gilberts-draft-no-4-blog/ )

"A Story That Made Me Want To Write: On 'The Best of Everything by Richard Yates,'" THE WOVEN TALE PRESS BLOG, August 7, 2016 (http://www.thewoventalepress.net/2016/10/07/yates-best-everything/)

Review of THE MERRILL DIARIES by Susan Tepper, AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW, 37.4, August, 2016.

"Notes on Contemporary Writing," essay, SOLSTICE, Summer, 2016 (http://solsticelitmag.org/content/featured-notes-contemporary-writing/).

"Reminisces on the 45th Anniversary of Ploughshares Magazine," essay, THE SOMERVILLE TIMES, July 27, 2016

Review of HORSEFEVER by Lee Hope (New Rivers, 2016), PLOUGHSHARES BLOG (http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/category/book-reviews/)

Review of LEAVING THE PINK HOUSE: A MEMOIR by Ladette Randolph (U. of Iowa Press, 2014), SOLSTICE, 10/30/14 (solsticelitmag.org/review-leaving-pink-house-ladette-randolph).

"Foreword" to DISMEMBERING THE AMERICAN DREAM: THE LIFE AND FICITON OF RICHARD YATES by Kate Charlton-Jones (U. of Alabama Press, 2014)

"Confronting the Mountain," a review of Nicholas O'Connell's THE STORMS OF DENALI (U. of Alaska Press, 2013), AMHERST, Spring 2013

"Filial Piety," a review of Duff Brenna's memoir, MURDERING THE MOM (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2012), AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW, Vol. 34, No. 1, Nov/Dec 2012, pp. 28-29

"A Short History of Creative Writing in America," chapter, TEACHING CREATIVE WRITING, ed. Heather Beck, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

Review of FROM THE UMBERPLATZEN by Susan Tepper, LitPub (http://thelitpub.com/i-thought-i-felt-myself-crack/), Aug. 23, 2012.

Review of THEY'RE CALLING YOU HOME by Doug Crandell, PIF Magazine, June 1, 2012.

"Bret Anthony Johnston," Critical Survey of Short Fiction: American Writers, 4th edition, ed. Charles E. May (Salem Press/Ebsco, January 2012).

Review of WHAT IS LEFT THE DAUGHTER by Howard Norman, Ploughshares, Winter 2011-12

Review of A STRANGER ON THE PLANET by Adam Schwartz, The Boston Globe, February 3, 2011

Review of IN HEAVEN EVERYTHING IS FINE by Josh Frank with Charlie Buckholtz, Harvard Review, No. 37, 2010

Review of RAYMOND CARVER: A WRITER'S LIFE by Carol Sklenicka, The Boston Globe, December 20, 2009.

Review of WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING by Haruki Murakami, Ploughshares, Vol. 35, No. 2, Fall 2009

Review of FAMILY BIBLE by Melissa J. Delbridge, American Book Review, Vol. 30, No.3, March/April 2009

Review of THE THING ITSELF by Richard Todd, Ploughshares Vol. 34, No. 4 (Winter, 2008)

"Profile of James Alan McPherson," Ploughshares Vol.34, No. 2 & 3 (Fall, 2008)

Comments from AWP Panel on Richard Yates, "Points of Craft From Richard Yates (4/7/08)," The Richard Yates Archive,www.richardyates.org/bib_henry.html

Writing exercise, "Simultaneous Actions in Fiction," in NAMING THE WORLD, edited by Bret Anthony Johnston (Random, 2008).

Review of THE MISTRESS'S DAUGHTER by A.M. Homes, The Boston Globe, 6/20/07

"Ape and Essence," review of new and classic books about King Kong,The Boston Globe, December 11, 2005

Review of REAR VIEW: STORIES by Pete Duval, The Boston Globe, August 1, 2004

Review of CORPUS CHRISTI STORIES by Bret Anthony Johnston, The Boston Globe, June 27, 2004

Review of SECRET FREQUENCIES by John Skoyles, The Boston Globe, June 6, 2004

Review of GOAT: A MEMOIR by Brad Land, The Boston Globe, February 29, 2004

Review of LOS ANGELES DIARIES by James Brown, The Boston Globe, September 28, 2003

Review of A TRAGIC HONESTY: THE LIFE AND WORK OF RICHARD YATES by Blake Bailey, The Boston Globe, July 13, 2003

"Literary Magazines," chapter in CREATIVE WRITING IN AMERICA (National Council of Teachers of English, 1991)

"Literary Publishing and the Libraries: Part II," Wilson Library Bulletin, Feb. 1981

"Literary Publishing and the Libraries: Part I," Wilson Library Bulletin, 1980

"Public Publishing in Boston," essay, ANTIOCH REVIEW, Spring 1980 (cited as distinctive in PUSHCART listing)

"On the History of the Literary Magazine," essay/review, AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW, June, 1979

"Richard Yates's DISTURBING THE PEACE," essay/critique, PLOUGHSHARES 3/1, 1976

"The Novels of Brian Moore," essay, PLOUGHSHARES 2/2, 1974"

"Interview with Richard Yates," interview (with Geoffrey Clark), PLOUGHSHARES 1/3, May 1973 (republished in TRANSATLANTIC REVIEW 50, Winter 1974); for original audio recording see http://pages.emerson.edu/faculty/d/dewitt_henry/yatesinterview.mp3

Interviews with DeWitt Henry:


"DeWitt Henry's 'Sweet Marjoram': An Interview with the author by Jennifer Acker, RAGAZINE CC, Sept. 16, 2019 (https://www.ragazine.cc/dewitt-henry-interview/).


"The Effort of Communion: An Interview with DeWitt Henry," DeWitt Henry interviewed by Michael Steffen, Harvard Review, June 19, 2019 (http://www.harvardreview.org/content/the-effort-of-communion-an-interview-with-dewitt-henry/)


"A Conversation with DeWitt Henry," by Susan Tepper, The Nervous Breakdown, Nov. 10, 2018 (http://thenervousbreakdown.com/stepper/2018/11/a-conversation-with-dewitt-henry-2/ ).


"Honesty in the Use of Words: A Conversation with DeWitt Henry," by Ryan Ridge, Juked, Nov. 10, 2018 (http://juked.com/2018/11/author-interview-with-dewitt-henry.asp ).

"Publishing Talks: David Wilk interviews DeWitt Henry of Ploughshares," 2/10/14, WritersCast (http://www.writerscast.com/publishing-talks-david-wilk-interviews-dewitt-henry-of-ploughshares/ )

"Fictionaut Five: DeWitt Henry," by Meg Pokrass, Ficionaut Blog, 2/24/2012 (http://www.fictionaut.com/blog/2012/02/24/fictionaut-five-dewitt-henry/)

"A Conversation with DeWitt Henry" by Susan Tepper, The Nervous Breakdown, 2/7/2012 (http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/stepper/2012/02/a-conversation-with-dewitt-henry/)

"About DeWitt Henry" by Jack Smith, Ploughshares 37,2&3, Fall 2011 (http://www.pshares.org/read/article-detail.cfm?intArticleID=9522)

http://www.nighttrainmagazine.com/contents/henry_int.php (Rusty Barnes, 2011)

http://www.pifmagazine.com/2011/03/11091/ (Derek Alger, 2011)

http://web.me.com/debraleighscott/Hidden_River_Press/Our_Authors.html (Debra Leigh Scott, 2011)

http://word.emerson.edu/ploughshares/2011/06/16/40th-anniversary-interview-with-dewitt-henry-2/ (Diana Filar, 2011)

http://poettopoetwritertowriter.blogspot.com/search/label/DEWITT%20HENRY%20DOUG%20HOLDER%20POET%20TO%20POET (Doug Holder, 2011)

http://in617.com/2011/08/ploughshares-40th-anniversary/ (jesse Haley, 2011)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/DeWitt-Henry/e/B001K8KV5A/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 (Katherine Kenny, 2009)

http://pages.emerson.edu/faculty/d/Dewitt_Henry/dewitt_interview.doc (Angela Thompson Brenchley, 2008)

Courses taught at Emerson:

Shakespearian Tragedy (undergraduate)

Shakespearian Comedy (undergraduate)

Contemporary American Short Story (undergraduate)

Contemporary American Novel (undergraduate)

Classic American Short Story (graduate)

Contemporary American Short Story (graduate)

Fiction Writing Seminar (undergraduate)

Advanced Fiction Writing (graduate)

Memoir Writing (graduate)

Postmodern American Fiction (graduate)

Literary Editing (undergraduate and graduate)


Marathon running (12 completed, but a spectator now)

10K running (at least once a year, especially the James Joyce 10K in Dedham, Mass at the end of each April...well a great race, but a bystander to this now too, tread-milling to compensate)