An Everywhere Oasis: Bio of Alan Harris and Web Site Portfolio


Alan Harris-5/2011 Alan Harris (Photo: Sophia Lyn Sims)
Alan Harris, born to a farming family in Earlville, Illinois, retired from a 22-year career with Commonwealth Edison, Chicago, where he had served as a computer programmer, systems analyst, and Web developer. Between 1982 and 1995 he print-published ten books of poems and aphorisms for friends and family. These books and all subsequent poetry collections are now on the Web at Noon Out of Nowhere - Collected Poems. His entire literary collection (poems, essays, aphorisms, short stories, and photographic essays) is found at An Everywhere Oasis, with his free 27 books in PDF format downloadable at PDF Books. He is a past president of the Illinois State Poetry Society and is the contact person for the Tucson Theosophical Study Center.

Web Sites Designed

The Heron's Nest - Poems by Carole Z. Spinelli
The Heron's Nest - Carole Z. Spinelli
Carole Z. Spinelli has published her first book of poetry, The Gift Forthcoming, and in this Web site, The Heron's Nest, she offers several sample poems with commentary on how her poems came to be written, plus an order form for you to purchase her book. Carole is a member of the Illinois State Poetry Society. (Site completed in 2000)

Rob Boone: Trombonist, Pianist
Rob Boone is a well-known musician in Tucson, Arizona as well as other cities. He is a skilled trombonist and jazz pianist, and also arranges music and offers desktop publishing services. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he has his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Arizona in composition, jazz studies, and trombone performance. (Site completed in 2007)

Brian J. Harris Method
Brian J. Harris, a private percussion instructor in Tucson, Arizona, has developed a new method for beginning students which he has captured in his book The Snare Drum Plays the Zoo. In his Web site he discusses his novel teaching techniques and offers his method book for sale. (Site completed in 2003)

Jared Smith, Poet
Jared Smith is a prominent figure in contemporary poetry, technology research, and professional continuing education. He has six critically acclaimed volumes of poetry to date, plus hundreds of publications in literary journals across the nation over the past 30 years. Sample poems and an essay are included in his site. (Site completed in 2007)

Manly P. Hall: Resources & Inspirations
Manly P. Hall (1901-1990) was a prolific philosopher and speaker who wrote over 200 books and delivered over 8,000 lectures during his lifetime. In 1928 he published The Secret Teachings of All Ages, a large illustrated book explaining ancient lore and symbols. The site contains all of his journals and book titles, with topics. (Site completed in 2019)

Illinois State Poetry Society
The Illinois State Poetry Society was chartered in 1991 to encourage the crafting and enjoyment of poetry in Illinois, and it is actively working at its mandate. Every two months, beginning in June, 2000, poems written by ISPS members are posted in this site. Anyone (not only Illinois residents) may join ISPS. (Site completed in 2000)