Joseph Harrington

Primary office:
3035 Wescoe Hall


Ph.D. (California, Berkeley)

Joseph Harrington is the author of Things Come On (an amneoir) (Wesleyan Poetry 2011), a mixed-genre work relating the twinned narratives of the Watergate scandal and his mother's cancer. Things Come On was chosen by American Book Award winner Camille Dungy as a Rumpus magazine Poetry Book Club selection. Harrington is also the author of the chapbooks Earth Day Suite (Beard of Bees Press 2010 - available as free PDF) and Of Some Sky (Bedouin, forthcoming); as well as the critical study Poetry and the Public: The Social Form of Modern US Poetics (Wesleyan UP 2002), excerpts from which appeared in Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader (Illinois UP 2009). His creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bombay Gin, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, BathHouse, 1913: a journal of forms, No Tell Motel, With+Stand, Otoliths, Fact-Simile, and P-Queue, among others. He has published articles on documentary poetry, modernism, political philosophy, and the cultural history of poetry in journals such as Jacket2, American Literary History, and American Literature. Harrington was Walt Whitman Chair of American Literature and Culture at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 2005, under the auspices of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program; he was also awarded a Millay Colony for the Arts fellowship, a Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington Library, and both research and creative work fellowships from the Hall Center for the Humanities.


U.S. literatures, particularly post-1900; poetry and poetics; cultural studies; political philosophy; mixed-genre writing; documentary poetry; and experimental nonfiction

Selected Publications

Poetry and the Public: The Social Form of Modern U.S. Poetics, Wesleyan U.P., 2002

Excerpted in Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader, Univ. of Illinois Press, 2009.

Things Come On: An Amneoir, Wesleyan U.P. (poetry series), 2011.

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