Driving Without a License


Featured in “The Newest Wave of Asian-American Writers You Should Know

Featured in “The Newest Wave of Asian-American Writers You Should Know

Happy 15th birthday, Kundiman! Thank you to Sarah Gambito & Joseph O. Legaspi for dreaming up this space, and to Tamiko Beyer for including me on this LitHub list of 15 Kundiman writers "whose work—on and off the page—celebrate and foster community and family."

May 25th: Poems from Driving without a License performed by NYC actors by Janine Joseph

On Wednesday, 5/25, New York City actors will be performing excerpts from Driving without a License along with other poems that explore (un)documented immigration, migration, home, exile, and what it means to be(come) American. Reserve your tickets now.

Driving without a License Reviewed in the Los Angeles Times by Janine Joseph

My family subscribed to the Los Angeles Times--it was the newspaper that I often combed through in search of articles to educate myself about the climate surrounding undocumented immigration debates, particularly in Southern California. That said, it is surreal to share that my debut collection, Driving without a License, was reviewed by Stephen Burt in the Los Angeles Times!

Burt writes, "It stands far apart from most first books, and from most books of autobiographical or narrative poetry, for the unpredictable vigor in its rhythmically irregular lines, especially in its depictions of youthful adventures."

Read the full review and profile.

Driving without a License: Book Release Party 5.6.16 (Ogden edition) by Janine Joseph

Join me on Friday, May 6th, for the release of Driving without a License! The evening will feature readings by Weber State University creative writing students, Shawn Atkinson, Marette McDermott, Megan Olsen, and John Ropp. 

Driving without a License is currently available for pre-order, and books will be available for purchase at the event. 

Library Journal's Top Poetry Picks for spring 2016: Driving without a License by Janine Joseph

Thank you to Library Journal for listing Driving without a License--alongside collections by Frank Bidart, Rita Dove, Adrienne Rich, Juan Felipe Herrera, Lyn Hejinian, francine j. harris, Kim Addonizio, Campbell McGrath, Pablo Neruda, Aracelis Girmay, Bernadette Mayer, Jamaal May, Phillis Levin, Tyehimba Jess, and more--as a top poetry pick for spring 2016! See the article here.


Two Poems now up at The Adroit Journal by Janine Joseph

Welcome to Adroit 13: http://www.theadroitjournal.org/issue-thirteen-contents.

Posted by The Adroit Journal on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Issue 13 of The Adroit Journal is now LIVE! Thank you to the editors for giving "'You Lie'" and "The Part of the Water" a stunning home

"Landscape with American Dream" in the 2015-2016 issue of The New American by Janine Joseph

I'm happy to share that my poem, "Landscape with American Dream," which first appeared in The California Journal of Poetics, appears on pg. 34 of the 2015-2016 edition of The New American, the annual newsletter of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

New Essay up at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts by Janine Joseph

NEW VIDAweb CONTENT!!Janine Joseph: "Was I, then, an example of the *good immigrant? Over a decade ago, a friend...

Posted by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thank you to the staff at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts for publishing my essay, "Language of the Border," as a VIDA Exclusive! 

Thank You by Janine Joseph

Thank you (so much!) to Define American, The Center for Women WritersPhilippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA), and the Silicon Valley Alliance for Immigration Reform (SVAIR) for sharing my essay, "Undocumented, and Riding Shotgun."