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Joe Harrington is associated with Lawrence, Kansas
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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Bibliography ( - housed in Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection)  


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

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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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