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2015 Poetry Seminar Faculty: Joan Larkin

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Joan Larkin‘s fifth poetry collection, Blue Hanuman, was published in Spring 2014 by Hanging Loose Press. Among her previous books, My Body: New and Selected Poems received the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award. Other work includes Lambda Award winner Cold River, which served as the basis for her play The AIDS Passion; Sor Juana’s Love Poems, translated with Jaime Manrique; and the twenty-poem chapbook Legs Tipped with Small Claws. Joan was an activist publisher during the feminist literary explosion of the ’70s and ’80s, coeditor of several anthologies of poetry and prose, and author of two books in the Hazelden recovery series.  She has taught writing at Brooklyn College, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Drew University MFA program in poetry, among many other places, most recently serving as Grace Hazard Conkling Writer in Residence at Smith College.  Her honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Read “Eye of Newt” by Joan Larkin

Date: November 12, 2014