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Melpomene's Garden

Melpomene's Garden

From his stories focusing on ghosts and the southern gothic, to his one-act plays that delve into the minds of his characters, to his poetry, Curtis Harrell’s eclectic style runs the spectrum of human emotion.


Curtis Harrell was born in Dyersburg, TN and grew up there, Ohio, and Connecticut. After graduating high school, he attended college at Arkansas Tech University and the University of Arkansas. He published his first poem in 1979 and has been steadily placing poems, plays, and stories in journals and magazines since then, with the poem, “Insurance Trilogy,” being nominated for inclusion in the Pushcart Anthology. This book represents a selection collected over the past thirty years. In addition to writing, Curtis is an accomplished instrument builder—some of his banjos are owned and played by internationally recognized players—as well as a retired English professor. Curtis currently lives with his wife, Vicki, outside of Rogers, AR and enjoys the company of his four grandchildren who live close by.​

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