Joan Larkin


South Orange, NJ
New Jersey US

Author's Bio

Joan Larkin’s sixth book of poems, Old Stranger, is forthcoming in 2024 from Alice James Books. Her published work  includes Blue Hanuman (Hanging Loose Press, Spring 2014); Legs Tipped with Small Claws (Argos chapbook, 2012); My Body: New and Selected Poems (Hanging Loose, 2007); and from previous decades: Cold River, A Long Sound, Housework, and Sor Juana's Love Poems, translated with Jaime Manrique. Editor of several anthologies of poetry and prose, she edited Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time with the late Carl Morse. Grace Hazard Conkling Poet in Residence at Smith College from 2012 to 2015, she has taught at Brooklyn College, Sarah Lawrence, and Drew University, among many other places. A lifelong teacher, she co-founded Out & Out Books during the 1970s feminist literary explosion.

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Publications & Prizes

Love Speaks Its Name (Everyman, 2001)
The World in Us (St. Martins Press, 2000)
Gay & Lesbian Poetry in Our Time (St. Martin's Press, 1988)
Blue Hanuman (Hanging Loose Press, 2014)
My Body: New and Selected Poems (Hanging Loose Press, 2007)
Cold River (Painted Leaf Press, 1997)
Sor Juana's Love Poems (Painted Leaf Press, 1997)
A Long Sound (Granite Press, 1986)
Housework (Out & Out, 1975)
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Columbia Poetry Review
Court Green
Global City Review
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Provincetown Arts
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In 2011, Larkin received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship and the Shelley Memorial Award. Previous honors include fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, among others.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Emily Dickinson, Hart Crane, Jean Valentine, Nicole Brossard, May Swenson
What I'm reading now: 
Heaven Beneath by Ann Marie Macari, Divine Nothingness by Gerald Stern, Tracing the Horse by Diana Delgado, Slow Lightning by Eduardo Corral, Shirt in Heaven by Jean Valentine, Plain Sight by David Bergman, The Chameleon Couch by Yusef Komunyakaa, Distantly by Nicole Brossard

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Identifies as: 
Feminist, LGBTQ
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Born in: 
Boston, MA
Raised in: 
Boston, MA
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Last update: Jan 24, 2024