Joan Larkin


South Orange, NJ 07079

Author's Bio

Joan Larkin’s poetry 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.

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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
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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
What I'm reading now: 
Heaven Beneath by Ann Marie Macari, Divine Nothingness by Gerald Stern, Devil, Dear by Mary Ann McFadden, When I Was a Twin by Michael Klein, Shirt in Heaven by Jean Valentine, The Chameleon Couch by Yusef Komunyakaa

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Boston, MA
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Boston, MA
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Last update: May 20, 2022