Harvey Mudd

is an American poet, writer, and self taught painter who left the U.S. for France in 2005 after becoming disillusioned with American culture and politics.  In the Shade of Arrows: A Memoir, is an experiment in “lean” autobiography, a “life” stripped of the romantic entanglements, but which includes an examination of a severely dysfunctional birth family and the resulting personal trials that shaped his character.  In 1976, he published his first of four books of poems.  His last, A European Education (1986), is a chronicle of his travels, actual and emotional, through the “geography” of the Holocaust.  He has two daughters and a son.  He divides his time between Vermont, where his children live, and Paris.