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 Reviews Driving without a License! by Janine Joseph

Thank you to Barbara Hoffert and Library Journal for reviewing and naming Driving without a License a "Top Spring Poetry: Seventeen Don’t-Miss Titles from Veteran and Upcoming Authors." Hoffert writes:

"Circuitry" on Poem-a-Day! by Janine Joseph

Read Janine Joseph's new poem "Circuitry."

Posted by The Academy of American Poets on Thursday, February 4, 2016

I am so thrilled to share that my poem, "Circuitry," which features football, car accidents, and concussions, is today's poem-a-day poem on the Academy of American Poets' website!

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.


Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships Instagram Account by Janine Joseph

Every week a different fellow takes over the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships Instagram account to share their New American story. This week, I shared a little bit about my beagles, my Lolo Lazarus, and what it is like living in a landlocked state. 

Call for Submissions! by Janine Joseph

Emotive Fruition, a performance series where actors bring poetry to life on stage, is seeking submissions for its May 25th show at the Botanic Lab in NYC. This episode will be held in conjunction with the release of my debut collection, Driving Without a License, winner of the Kundiman Prize for Poetry. The event is co-sponsored by Kundiman.

For this themed performance, we are looking for published or unpublished poems that explore notions and experiences of (un)documented immigration, migration, home, exile, and/or what it means to be(come) American. We are seeking poems that are written in the first person and can function as a story, a confession, a revelation, an elegy, a reckoning, a moment of desire, etc. We are interested in how a poem on the page can come to life on stage, with the voice of the poet coming through the voice of the actor.

After poems are selected and poets notified, we will hold a rehearsal in Manhattan with both poets and actors on May 23rd. Because of the nature of the collaboration, you must be able to travel to NYC for the rehearsals and performance. We look forward to reading your work!

Guidelines and Submission Details.

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 Interview now up at The Common! by Janine Joseph

"This is going to sound absurd, but what strikes me most about the mountains here is that they’re everywhere—and they’re...

Posted by The Common on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ask A Local is The Common's monthly web series about cities and towns through the eyes of the writers who live in them. I'm happy to share that my interview about Ogden, UT is now live!

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! 

Faculty Teaching Award! by Janine Joseph

Tonight, at our annual Graduate Hooding Ceremony, I was awarded our Master of Arts in English Program's student-nominated Robert M. Hogge Faculty Award! 

Thank you to my brilliant graduate students for this gift, this honor! 

Jennifer Tamayo's "On My Love for Those Who Refuse Silence" by Janine Joseph

                                                                                                                                   - Jennifer Tamayo

                                                                                                                                   - Jennifer Tamayo

This National Poetry Month, the wonderful Jennifer Tamayo has been blogging for the Poetry Foundation. If you haven't checked out her two-part feature, "On My Love for Those Who Refuse Silence," on the work of the #Undocupoets, click on through to Part I and Part II. The second installment features the work of Wo Chan, Sonia Guiñansaca, Javier Zamora, and myself.

Discovery: A write-up of "On This Muddy Water" by Janine Joseph

This lovely write-up of "On This Muddy Water": Voices from the Houston Ship Channel was recently shared with me. I loved this moment in the review the most (and today miss hearing "If you got it rollin', you let it roll..."):

By far, my favorite piece was "Let It Roll", performed by Heath Martin, because it felt like I was listening to a seaman. Even while I was still listening to it, I felt a little sad that there's a very good chance I will never hear that piece of music again in my life. Of course, I imagine that this was all recorded either in rehearsal or another of the performances, but it won't necessarily be widely available. I would like to hear the entire program again so I can absorb more, but especially that piece.

Thank you, Amy Sisson, for this thoughtful review!

Fresno State MFA Program's List of Tributes to Philip Levine by Janine Joseph

Check out Fresno State MFA Program's growing list of tributes to Philip Levine! Included in this list are a few book covers I contributed to Tongue: A Journal of Writing and Art's Tumblr as well as my essay, "The Exemplary Poem and the Exemplary Life," about what it was like having Phil as a teacher and mentor.