Janine Joseph


Oklahoma State University 205 Morrill Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078

Author's Bio

Janine Joseph is the author of Driving without a License (Alice James Books, 2016), winner of the 2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, World Literature Today, The Poem's Country: Place & Poetic Practice, Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets, Best American Experimental Writing, Zócalo Public Square, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and elsewhere. Her libretti for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco include What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline, “On This Muddy Water”: Voices from the Houston Ship Channel, and From My Mother's Mother. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston and an MFA from New York University. She has taught creative writing with Writers in the Schools, Community~Word Project, and the Starworks Foundation. She is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, an Inprint/Barthelme Fellowship in Poetry, a Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center Fellowship for Collaboration Among the Arts, a PAWA Manuel G. Flores Prize, and an Academy of American Poets prize. Janine is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University.

Publications & Prizes

Best New Poets 2011 (University of Virginia Press, 2011)
Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes (C & R Press, 2009)
Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California (Greenhouse Review Press/Alcatraz Editions, 2008)
Homage to Vallejo (Greenhouse Review Press, 2006)
Driving without a License (Alice James Books, 2016)
Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day
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Askew Poetry
Connotation Press: An Online Artifact
Drunken Boat
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Kenyon Review Online
La Fovea
Lantern Review
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Spoon River Poetry Review
The Drunken Boat
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Zocalo Public Square
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Howard Nemerov Scholarship (2016); Kundiman Poetry Prize (2014); PAWA Manuel G. Flores Prize (2014); Inprint/Barthelme Memorial Fellowship in Poetry (2013); Dissertation Completion Fellowship(2012); Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans (2009); Brazos Bookstore/Academy of American Poets Prize (2010); Michener Fellowship (2009); Finalist, Summer Literary Seminars Unified Literary Contest (2009); Inprint Fellowship (2008); Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for Collaboration among the Arts Fellowship (2008); Master Poetry Class with Jack Gilbert and Linda Gregg 92nd St. Y Unterbeg Poetry Center (2007); 3rd Place, 5th Annual Poetry Contest, Fugue (2006); Finalist, Rumi Prize for Poetry, Arts & Letters (2006)

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Last update: Aug 20, 2018