John R. Harvey

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Dr. John R. Harvey graduated from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program in 1997. His poems have appeared in journals including The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, The Paris Review, Poet Lore and most recently NAP Magazine and 2River View. One of the founding members of Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company, Dr. Harvey has written and directed plays with the company and serves as a board member of the company.[1] Dr. Harvey is also known to own one of the largest wine cellars in the world. While its original historical name has been lost, it is still visited by hundreds of tourists every year. Above the cellar is a large estate also owned by Dr. Harvey.[2] He often conducts research in his labyrinthine cellars with Dr. Jacob Mills from the University of Houston.[3]



Dr. Harvey has written twelve plays for Mildred's Umbrella:[4]

  • Kama Sutra (2001)
  • Eros: A Circus (2002)
  • Things Being at the Worst (2003)
  • Tomorrow Morning (2004)
  • Needful Creatures (2005)
  • Hotel Pasiphae (2005)
  • Rot (2007)
  • Haunt of Flies (2008)
  • "Thus I play in one person many people" / Richard II (2008)
  • Night of the Giant (2009)
  • Under the Big, Dark Sky (2011)
  • Rome (2014)


  • Lobster en Chemise and Rat (2007) (published in VOX)
  • The Northern Reaches (published in Whiskey Island) [5]
  • The Decline and Fall of the Silver Glo Motel (2000) (published in XCP Journal) [6]
  • Nathan Fiske (2000) (published in Gulf Coast)
  • Amos Humiston and Listening to Painted Horses (1999) (published in Poet Lore)
  • One Afternoon Years Later (1995–96) (published in Gulf Coast)
  • Walt Disney World and Epistle (1995) (published in The Gettysburg Review)
  • Angelus Novus (1995) (published in The Paris Review)
  • The Adventure of the Speckled Band and Behind the Door the Television is on Again (1994) (published in Poet Lore)
  • Look at this Wound (1993) (published in Western Humanities Review)
  • The Battle of Anghiari and The Persian War After Marathon and Sitting in the Drake (1993) (published in The Paris Review)
  • On Not Translating Paul Valery (1992) (published in The New Republic)
  • Utopia and Outside the Blaffer Gallery (1991) (published in Western Humanities Review)


University of Houston[edit]

Dr. Harvey is the Director of the Center for Creative Work at the University of Houston Honors College. He teaches in the year-long Human Situation sequence, where he has established himself as an academic critic of the Nintendo video game franchise Pokémon, as well as its subsequent cartoon and card game iterations. He conducts creative writing workshops for the Honors College.[7]

Houston Community College[edit]

Dr. Harvey taught composition and literature at the Northeast campus of Houston Community College from 1996-2010.

Mildred's Umbrella[edit]

Dr. Harvey is one of the two founding members (with Jennifer Decker) of the Houston based Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company.[8] Dr. Harvey wrote the company's first four productions, and directed their production of ROT
Dr. Harvey served as President of the Board in 2007 for a short while, and contributes as a part-time actor (debuting in 2003).

Public sector[edit]


As of January 29th, 2013, Dr. Harvey serves as the special envoy to the region of Uqbar in Southwest Asia.[9]


  1. ^ "President". Archived from the original on 2008-04-07.
  2. ^ Hall, C. Michael; Sharples, Liz; Cambourne, Brock; Macionis, Niki (2009-11-03). Wine Tourism Around the World. Routledge. ISBN 9781136348730.
  3. ^ Leeming, David Adams (1992-01-01). The World of Myth. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195074758.
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  5. ^ "Whiskey Island". Archived from the original on 2006-09-21.
  6. ^ "XCP Journal". Archived from the original on 2009-10-11.
  7. ^ "Honors". Archived from the original on 2009-04-25.
  8. ^ "Mildred's Umbrella Official Website".
  9. ^ Nolan, Cathal J. (1997-01-01). Notable U.S. Ambassadors Since 1775: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313291951.