Born in the Philippines, Janine Joseph is the author of Driving without a License (Alice James Books, 2016), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, 2018 da Vinci Eye Award, and a finalist for the 2018 Eric Hoffer Award and 2017 Oklahoma Book Award. A librettist, her commissioned work for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco include What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline, “On This Muddy Water”: Voices from the Houston Ship Channel, and From My Mother’s Mother. Her poems have also been set to music by acclaimed composers Melissa Dunphy (“American DREAMers: Stories of Immigration”) and Reinaldo Moya (“DREAM Song”). She is an organizer for Undocupoets, a contributing editor for Tongue, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Poets & Writers at OSU-Tulsa and the National Advisory Board for Writers @ Work in Salt Lake City, UT. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University.
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In the beginning, there was a window
I pried the blinds to make light
of my losses
I fished my hands into and shattered
What a hook I was
doubled in the beginning
In the beginning My mouth
and the gasp upon impact
The skull intact
and the brain increasing
activity where the neurons
Slowly I filled the form
My torso scored in order
only a diagram
From World Literature Today
- Poet’s website.
- “The Graphic Novel That Captures the Anxieties of Being Undocumented” by Janine Joseph. The Atlantic. 31 July 2018.
- Introducing Janine Joseph, a Talented Poet who Writes of Being Undocumented. Los Angeles Times. 05 May 2016.
- 11 Immigrant Authors who are Transforming Literature. Bustle. 24 May 2017.
Seminar with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo | October 16, 2018
Reading with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo | October 16, 2018