David Harrison

Poet Laureate

Office: Lay Hall, Room 303
Phone: (417) 873-7616
E-mail: DavidLHarrison1@att.net

David L. Harrison, Litt.D., was named Poet Laureate of Drury University in 1983 by President John Moore and continues to serve in that capacity. David earned his bachelor’s degree in science from Drury in 1959 and was elected student body president his senior year. He completed his master’s degree in parasitology at Emory University in 1961 and was presented the Sigma Xi Award for outstanding research.

David’s writing career spans six decades. During that time he has also been a pharmacologist at Mead Johnson in Evansville, Indiana, editorial manager for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, and a businessman in Springfield.

David’s eighty-nine books for young people and teachers have received dozens of honors, including the Christopher Award.  His work is widely translated and anthologized. His poems have been sandblasted into a library sidewalk in Phoenix, adorned a bookmobile in Pueblo, Colorado, and inspired the popular school play, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK. The Missouri Librarian Association presented him with its Literacy Award for the body of his work. He holds honorary doctorates of letters from Missouri State and Drury universities. A room in The Library Center and David Harrison Elementary School are named for him. His wife Sandy is also a Drury graduate.

David’s most recent project at Drury is a collaboration with the School of Education and Child Development that produced the DVD series, LET’S WRITE THIS WEEK WITH DAVID HARRISON. His office is in Lay Hall.