P1080535I am a Professor of English at LMU, where I teach courses in literary theory and interdisciplinary topics like Nothing, Wonder, Time, and Chaos.  My research interests include time, geo-aesthetics and -philosophy, stones and gardens, and constraint-based writing. I co-edit SubStance (theory/lit journal) and maintain a garden/blog The Petriverse of Pierre Jardin.


Uplifting Tales and Eroded Histories Exhibition with Richard Turner and Michael Davis on view at Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA,  January 21 – March 25, 2023, including the series Stones on Stools.

Contemporary Viewing Stone Display book publication: co-authored with Richard Turner and Thomas P. Elias, this book provides a comprehensive history of Chinese and Japanese stone appreciation, propounds an eco-philosophy of viewing stones, and proposes aesthetic principles for creating displays. Includes gallery of 68 viewing stone displays by connoisseurs from around the world.

Related presentation: “Absorbing Stone(s): Exploring Chinese Lithophilia,” a talk delivered to LMU China Studies Forum–examines Chinese stone appreciation from a contemporary geo-poetic perspective.

The culmination of a decade of work creating, photographing, and writing about a rock garden, The Petriverse of Pierre Jardin is an open-access work of experimental theory published in the new series SubStance@Work. A 25-minute presentation of the project can be viewed here.

Rock Records, a special issue of SubStance, includes my essay “Stoned Thinking” as well as open access digital content.  Read my essay: Harris Stoned Thinking

I presented “Stone is the New Green,” a project including stone installations at the National Gallery of Denmark and a talk at the University of Copenhagen. Stone is the New Green

A collaborative reading with author David Mitchell at a conference on his work at University of St. Andrews; see the video here. This resulted in publishing “In the Labyrinth of Slow Time: “A Perturbation in the Deep Stream” (David Mitchell, co-author) and “A Perambulation in the Deep Stream”.” In C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings (peer-reviewed open access journal of the Open Library of Humanities).

For the award-winning LMU Magazine‘s feature on The Seven Deadly Sins, I contributed this piece on Greed (it is a “monovocalism,” meaning only one vowel is used).