Joshua Weiner

Joshua Weiner was born in 1963. He earned a BA in English from Northwestern University, and an MA and PhD in English, respectively, from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Weiner is the author of three poetry collections: The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish (University Of Chicago Press, 2013); From the Book of Giants (University of Chicago Press, 2006); and The World’s Room (University of Chicago Press, 2001).

Weiner is also the author of the nonfiction book Berlin Notebook: Where Are the Refugees? (Los Angeles Review of Books, 2016). His translation of Nelly Sachs’s Flight and Metamorphosis (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022) was short-listed for the National Translation Award.

Weiner is the recipient of a 2002 Whiting Writer’s Award and the 2003–04 Rome Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He has also held the Witter Bynner Fellowship at the Library of Congress and a residency fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has received an Academy of American Poets Prize, an Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, the Discovery/The Nation Award, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the PEN New England Discovery Award, the Joseph Henry Jackson Award from the San Francisco Foundation, and grants from the Illinois Arts Council.

Weiner is professor of English at the University of Maryland where he is on the faculty of the MFA program in creative writing. He lives in Washington, D.C.