Denise Frame Harlan

Seven years ago, Denise Frame Harlan penned a retrospective about learning to cook at CCO Summer Training. The next month she wrote about her summer on staff of the Ocean City Beach Project. Before long, Denise was writing more stories than the CCO could find excuses to print. She started a blog and drafted a memoir.

Denise completed an MFA in Creative Writing through Seattle Pacific University’s acclaimed low-residency program, while parenting and working as a blog moderator for More magazine. She now teaches The Great Conversation, a course on reading, writing and thinking for incoming students at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.

Denise was commissioned to deepen and revise her story about learning to cook for The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God, which is currently being celebrated in an online bookclub at The High The book, edited by Leslie Leyland Fields, features writing and recipes by Wendell Berry, Andre Dubus, Lauren Winner and Luci Shaw. (Read Byron Borger’s review of Denise’s chapter here.)

Denise writes regularly for Catapult and Comment magazines, for The Englewood Book Review, and for crafting magazines such as Interweave Spin-Off and Living Crafts. She’s currently in her ninth year of teaching church school with the Montessori-based Catechesis of The Good Shepherd, and she just completed teaching a six-week course on “recycled-wool garment design for sixth graders.”

Denise lives with her husband Scott (CCO staff 1985-88) and their two children in Ipswich, Massachusetts. She hopes to return to the two or three books she is writing as soon as she finds a quiet moment.