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Boo at the Bushnell

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.

 

Upcoming Performances

2014, Dec 12, 8:15 am & 10:30am East Shore Middle School, Milford, CT

Booking

Please email edgar@thepoeactor.com 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.

 

Campbell Harmon

Contact: edgar@thepoeactor.com

Phone: 203-710-8486

Location: Connecticut and New England area

Education: Yale Divinity School, Masters of Arts and Religion, 2004

 

Speaker Biography (pdf) with links to photos.

 

From the audience

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."
"Fantastic performance!"
"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


Articles

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

 

 
Poe Performance Calendar

This calendar is tentative and dates may change without notice. Please email directly to check for any booking availability.

Poe Walking
Photo by Christopher Zajac of the Record Journal.
Costume created by deadthreadscostumes@yahoo.com

Poe and Sheckley
Campbell Harmon and author Alisa Sheckley (aka Alisa Kwitney)
at Boo! At the Bushnell

Poe at the Kimo Theater
Performance at the Kimo Theater, Albuquerque, NM

Past Performances

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