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Lawrence Joseph


Poet, critic, essayist, and professor of law, Lawrence Joseph, was born on March 10, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan. He received his BA and JD from the University of Michigan. He also earned a BA and MA in English from Cambridge University.

Joseph is the author of a number of poetry collections, including Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973–1993 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005); Into It (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005); Before Our Eyes (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1993); Curriculum Vitae (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988); and Shouting at No One (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1983), which received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. He is also the author of Lawyerland (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997), a book of prose.

Among Joseph’s awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowships. Married to the painter Nancy Van Goethem, Joseph lives in New York City and teaches law at St. John’s University School of Law.

Lawrence Joseph
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