Dramatic, Entertaining, Educational
Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to attempt to support himself solely on writing alone. He wrote the first modern detective story, the first modern science fiction story, and founded the modern horror genre. His famous, tragic love for his wife, Virginia, helped to inspire his landmark poem, The Raven. Speculation over the cause of his mysterious death in 1849 continues to this day. His writings still speak to us more than 160 years later and have inspired countless stage and film adaptations.
This great writer is brought to life for your school, library, or literary organization by Campbell Harmon in dramatic readings, historical biography, and direct audience interaction.
2015, Sept 21, 7:00 pm East Granby Historical Society, East Granby, CT
2015, Oct 6, 6:30 pm Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glasontbury, Ct
2015, Oct 13, 7:00 pm Cromwell-Belden Library, Cromwell, Ct
2015, Oct 17, 6 & 8 pm Scarlet Letter Press 7 Gallery, Salem, MA
2015, Oct 26, 7:00 pm Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, NY
2015, Oct 27, 6:30 pm Howard Whittemore Memorial Library, Naugatuck, CT
2015, Oct 28, 10:00 am King Philip Regional Middle School, Norfolk, MA
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for booking and honorarium information. Bear in mind that October is the most popular month for Poe performances. Check the calendar on the right to see upcoming performances as well as closed dates for October. Performances in other months are more flexible for scheduling. Reserve your performance date as early as possible.
Location: Connecticut and New England area
Education: Yale Divinity School, Masters of Arts and Religion, 2004
Speaker Biography (pdf) with links to photos.
A one hour program with dramatic performances of The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven. Campbell speaks in-character as Poe with the audience about the author's life, his death, and his profound influence on American literature; dispelling the myths that have surrounded his legacy to show how his works continue to affect us today. A two hour show is also available with additional readings of poems and The Cask of Amontillado. The program is suitable for all ages and venues.
Comments submitted by the audience at the 2013 Springfield, Missouri Big Read event:
"Excellent Poe! He was fantastic."
"Informative-I enjoyed the history of Poe and offshoots of his works."
"Great performance and questions."
"Harmon was a wonderful choice and really brought life to Poe. Thank you!"
"Excellent performer. Gifted Poe Actor. Very Knowledgeable."
"Outstanding! Mr. Poe was an absolute delight! A true master in his executions! Thank you."
"Once in a lifetime-will never forget!"
"Re: The Big Read events.
My family and I were able to attend a library event, the Dead Poets Slam, and Boo at the Bushnell. All were excellent. Our daughter is a big horror fan and has loved Mr. Poe since fifth grade. These events gave her an opportunity to learn more about a genre she loves and some insight into what goes into the creation of these art forms.
[Campbell's] Poe improved with each performance. I was deeply touched by Poe's difficult life and his heroic struggles to create art and support his chosen family. I was also grateful to [Campbell] for the tact and sensitivity he displayed in handling what could have been some tricky questions regarding Mr. Poe's personal life, given the ages of some of the audience members.
My daughter asked him about the role of alcohol and drugs in the enhancement of the creative process. He was clear and emphatic that substance abuse hampered Mr. Poe's efforts, which I later learned was really the answer she was looking for. " --November 4, 2009
"I just wanted to let you know that at lunch today, the students came in and began checking out the books on our Poe display. They had questions about The Raven, they wanted to read The Tell-Tale Heart; it has been very "Poe-like" around here today. Our class set of books is out in Mr. Torres' classroom and the school is abuzz with talk of Poe. Never underestimate the power of an actual performance to begin many dialogs about literacy, even in middle school. It is a beautiful thing to witness and I thank you." -- October 10, 2011
"We received a lot of positive feedback from your performance... people are still talking about it – so again many thanks. We are not known for having people come to our programs and you certainly packed them in!" --November 24, 2009
"People in Rocky Hill are still talking about the Bushnell’s Edgar Allan Poe night at the Library – so thank you again!" --November 5, 2009
Spotlight: Divinity School staff member brings dark tales to life --Yale News, Oct 7, 2012
Edgar Allan Poe: In October Coming To A Library Near You --New Hampshire Public Radio, October 1, 2012
Master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe ‘visits’ Ashford book lovers --Reminder News, February 16, 2012
About People --Yale Divinity School "Notes from the Quad", November 2009
Edgar Allen Poe impersonator to speak at Wallingford library --Record Journal, October 21, 2009
This calendar is tentative and dates may change without notice. Please email directly to check for any booking availability.
Photo by Christopher Zajac of the Record Journal.
Costume created by email@example.com
Campbell Harmon and author Alisa Sheckley (aka Alisa Kwitney)
at Boo! At the Bushnell
Performance at the Kimo Theater, Albuquerque, NM
2014, Dec 12, East Shore Middle School, Milford, CT
2014, Nov 16, F. H. Cossitt Public Library, No. Granby, CT
2014, Nov 15, Hagaman Memorial Library East Haven CT
2014, Oct 31, Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, Bedford NH
2014, Oct 28, Mount Anthony Union High Schoo, Bennington, VT
2014, Oct 23, Cromwell Library, Cromwell, CT
2014, Oct 18, The Scarlet Letter Press, Salem, MA
2014, Sept 28, Seymour Historical Society, Seymour, CT
2014, Nov 12, Yale Divinity Faculty Dinner
2014, April 29, Calf Pen Medow School, Milford, CT
2014, Jan 30, La Salle Academy, Providence, RI
2014, Jan 14, Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge, CT
2013, Dec 19, East Short Middle School, Milford, CT
2013, Nov 06, Silas Bronson Library, Waterbury, CT
2013, Oct 30, Belden Library, Cromwell, CT
2013, Oct 30, Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, Bedford, NH
2013, Oct 24, Windsor Public Library, Windsor, CT
2013, Oct 21, Minor Memorial Library, Roxbury, CT
2013, July 29, Crosby Commons, Shelton, CT
2013, April 13, Library Center, Springfield, MO, Big Read Program
2013 January 8, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
2012 October 10, Old Lyme PGN Library, Old Lyme CT
2012 October 17, Kent Memorial Libray, Suffield, CT
2012 October 18, Colonial Theater, Bethlehem, NH, Big Read Program
2012 November 1, Belden Public Library, Cromwell, CT
2012 November 2, Westport Library
2012 September 25, Bethel Library, Bethel CT
2012 August 20, Case Memorial Library, Orange CT
2012 August 14, Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield, CT
2012 August 7, Southbury Library, Southbury CT
2012 August 8, Derby Neck Library, Derby CT
2012 February 14, East Shore Middle School, Milford, CT.
2012 February 10, Babcock Library, Ashford CT.
2012 October 31, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
2011 October 7-11, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Big Read!, Albuquerque, NM.
2011 October 13, 6:30pm, Torrington Public Library, Torrington, CT.
2010 October 20, 7pm, Cromwell Public Library, Cromwell CT.
2010 October 27, 6:30pm, Rocky Hill Public Library, Rocky Hill, CT.
2010 June 14, Northwestern Regional High School, Winsted, CT
2009 October 31, Boo! at the Bushnell, Bushnell Theater, Hartford, CT
2009 October, tour of 13 libraries in Connecticut for the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program
2009 Sept 1, Page 1 television with Zita Christian