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Joseph Harrington

Joseph Harrington

Things Come On Joseph Harrington


Poetry and The Public Joseph Harrington




Joseph Harrington is the author of Things Come On: an amneoir (Wesleyan Univ. Press 2011), a mixed-genre work relating the twinned narratives of the Watergate scandal and his mother's cancer; it was a Rumpus magazine Poetry Book Club selection. He is also the author of the chapbook Earth Day Suite (Beard of Bees 2010) and the critical work Poetry and the Public (Wesleyan 2002). His creative work also has appeared in Hotel Amerika, No Tell Motel, 1913, BathHouse, Otoliths, Fact-Simile, and Tarpaulin Sky, among others. He is a Professor of English at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Asked about his influences, Mr. Harrington replied, "Influences? Hmm - there are a lot. Chief among them, perhaps, are Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's book Dictee; the works of Susan Howe; Paterson, by William Carlos Williams; The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson; The Book of Jon, by Eleni Sikelianos; My Life, by Lyn Hejinian; Book of the Dead, by Muriel Rukeyser."

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Published Work  

Things Come On (an amneoir). Wesleyan Poetry Series. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2011

Earth Day Suite (poetry e-chapbook) Chicago: Beard of Bees Press, 2010Poetry and the Public: The Social Form of Modern U.S. Poetics Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2002

Poems, Reviews, and Other Publications [Follow the links]:

A Conversation Between Joseph Harrington and Kathleen Ossip
Memory Cards: 2010-2011 Series
Messed-Up Nature Poem
Out of Office Reply: Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead?
Genre and Power
earth day suite
Scrapbooks Without Scraps
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Joseph Harrington
Collagist Interview: Joseph Harrington
Lovely, Raspberry 
The History of Sexuality
Parrots of Kansas
Variations on a Theme by Patricia Carrigan (Dwarf Mash)
Theses: Lines/Code 6: List on the Road to
earth day suite
5:03 pm CST, 12/21
Eve Even Christmas
Nursing Slaughter Spirit
Essay on the Allegorical Uses of Syntax
Review of Key Bridge
Nature Writing’ as the Nature of Writing
Lawrence [introduction and guest editor]
Theses: Lines/Code: 1 & 2

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Writing Samples  

An excerpt from ( Things Come On) can be found here:

An excerpt from "No Soap" can be found here:

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Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2011
Hall Center for the Humanities Creative Work Fellow, Univ. of Kansas, 2010
Finalist, Howard Foundation Fellowship, 2010
Walt Whitman Chair in American Culture Studies, Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2005
Hall Center for the Humanities Research Fellow, Univ. of Kansas, 2000
Mayers Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., 1999
Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award, Univ. of Kansas, 1998

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Contact information  

Joseph Harrington
3001-C Wescoe Hall

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