I'm a poet living in Washington D.C. with my wife, the novelist Sarah Blake, and our two boys. I spend a lot of my time reading poems and trying to write them, but on occasion I commit criticism, and have published research on the poets Thomas McGrath, Mina Loy, and Thom Gunn, as well as essays on Emily Dickinson & Thelonious Monk, Fulke Greville, Lynette Roberts, Charles Reznikoff, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney, Kenneth Koch, William Carlos Williams, and others. I've also written on German language poets and fiction writers, such as Gottfried Benn, Ernst Meister, Lutz Seiler, Anna Seghers, Christa Wolf, Brecht, and Rilke; and have tried my hand at translating some of them as well. In addition to teaching the poetry workshops offered by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Maryland, I've taught graduate seminars on the long poem; modern British poetry; postmodern American poetry; poetry & materialism from Edmund Spenser to Anne Carson (with Gerard Passannante); 'Ecopoetics: A Genealogy (with Gerard Passannante); a transhistorical/transnational poetics seminar called 'God Death Time Space Language Form'; and, most recently, 'Squaring the Circle: Readings in the Prose Poem, 1869-2019.'
Sarah Maguire Translation Prize from the Poetry Translation Centre
The Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in Translation has been established in the memory of Sarah Maguire (1957-2017), the founder of the Poetry Translation Centre and champion of international poetry.
Anniversary Snow by Yang Lian, translated from Chinese by by Brian Holton, has won the inaugural Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry In Translation. UMD English professor Joshua Weiner worked on the translation team with other leading English-language poets Pascale Petit, Fiona Sampson, W N Herbert and George Szirtes.
Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship is given annually to a U.S.-born poet to spend one year outside North America in a country the recipient feels will most advance his or her work.
When poet Amy Lowell died in 1925, her will established the scholarship, which is administered by the trustees at the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, Massachusetts.
Vermont Studio Center
ALSCW invites writes and translators to apply for the ALSCW Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center. This fully-funded, four-week residency at VSC is awarded to a current member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW). This fellowship is open to all of the Association’s creative writers and literary translators. The ALSCW is devoted to the reading and writing of literature, criticism, and scholarship.
Hawthornden International Writers Fellowship
Hawthornden Literary Retreat at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland was founded to provide a peaceful setting for creative writers to work without disturbance.
The Retreat receives writers for 10 months of the year. It houses six writers at a time, known as Hawthornden Fellows, in sessions lasting four weeks each.
Larry Levis Reading Prize
From Virginia Commonwealth University
Awarded by the Department of English and its MFA in Creative Writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University, the prize is given annually in the name of the late Larry Levis for the best first or second book of poetry published in the previous calendar year.
The Rome Prize
He is the recipient of a 2002 Whiting Writer's Award and the 2003-2004 Rome Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
Whiting Foundation Writers' Award
Since 1985, the Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Awards, given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
The Whiting Award is an American award presented annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays.
Flight and Metamorphosis
Nelly Sachs; Translated from the German by Joshua Weiner with Linda B. Parshall Farrar, Straus and Giroux
This central collection by the poet, dramatist, and Nobel laureate Nelly Sachs—newly translated from the German by Joshua Weiner (with Linda B. Parshall)—reveals the visionary poet’s remarkable power of creation and transformation.
Flight and Metamorphosis marks the culmination of Nelly Sachs’s development as a poet. Sachs, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966, speaks from her own condition as a refugee from Nazi Germany—her loneliness while living in a small Stockholm flat with her elderly mother, her exile, her alienation, her feelings of romantic bereavement, and her search for the divine. Forced onto a journey of endless change, Sachs created her own path forward.
From these sublime poems, she emerges as a visionary, one who harnesses language’s essential power to create and transform our world. Joshua Weiner’s translations are the first in more than half a century to elucidate Sachs’s enduring poetic power and relevance.
Everything I Do I Do Good: Trumpoems
So, the world gets smaller as the United States and Europe come closer in yet another way. One of the things we share, of course, and that the U.S. has shared now, particularly, with Germany, for quite a while, is the political phenomenon and expression
Berlin Notebook: Where are the Refugees?
The chronicle of a fall and spring in Berlin during the peak influx of refugees into Europe in 2015-16, Joshua Weiner’s Berlin Notebook opens a new view on German society’s attempt to cope with an impossible situation.
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The chronicle of a fall and spring in Berlin during the peak influx of refugees into Europe in 2015-16, Joshua Weiner’s Berlin Notebook opens a new view on German society’s attempt to cope with an impossible situation: millions of people displaced by the Syrian civil war, fleeing violence, and seeking safety and the possibilities of a new life in the west. As some Germans, feeling the burden of the nation’s dark past, try to aid and shelter desperate asylum seekers, others are skeptical of the government’s ability to contain the growing numbers; they feel the danger of hostile strangers, and the threat to the nation’s culture and identity. Unlike other contemporary reports on the situation in Europe, Weiner’s sui generis writing includes interviews not only with refugees from the east, but also everyday Berliners, natives and ex-pats – musicians, poets, shopkeepers, students, activists, rabbis, museum guides, artists, intellectuals, and those, too, who have joined the rising far-right Alternative for Germany party, and the Pegida movement against immigration. Intermixed with interviews, reportage, and meditations on life in Europe’s fastest growing capital city, Weiner thinks about the language and literature of the country, weaving together strands of its ancient and more recent history with meditations on Goethe, Brecht, Arendt, Heidegger, Joseph Roth and others that inflect our thinking about refugees, nationhood, and our ethical connection to strangers.
Joshua Weiner's Berlin Notebook opens a new view on German society's attempt to cope with an impossible situation.
Publications Since 2015
Publications by Joshua Weiner since 2015
PN Review, Oversound, Poetry Northwest, AzonaL, New England Review, Provincetown Arts, Five Points, Poetry, The Account, Georgia Review, B O D Y, Literary Imagination, Manchester Review, Great River Review, Cortland Review, Tikkun, Scoundrel Time, Lana Turner, Molly Bloom, Matter, Writer's Chronicle, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Ploughshares, Split This Rock, Threepenny Review, Chicago Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry Daily, Literary Hub.
The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish
At the heart of Joshua Weiner’s new book is an extended poem with a bold political dimension and great intellectual ambition.
At the heart of Joshua Weiner’s new book is an extended poem with a bold political dimension and great intellectual ambition. It fuses the poet’s point of view with Walt Whitman’s to narrate a decentered time-traveling collage about Rock Creek, a tributary of the Potomac that runs through Washington, DC. For Weiner, Rock Creek is the location of myriad kinds of movement, streaming, and joining: personal enterprise and financial capital; national politics, murder, sex, and homelessness; the Civil War and collective history; music, spiritual awakening, personal memory, and pastoral vision. The questions that arise from the opening foundational poem inform the others in the collection, which range widely from the dramatic arrival of an uncanny charismatic totem that titles the volume to intimate reflections on family, illness, and dream visions.
At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn
Maverick gay poetic icon Thom Gunn (1929–2004) and his body of work have long dared the British and American poetry establishments either to claim or disavow him.
From the Book of Giants
The most powerful poems in Weiner's second collection combine narrative and lyric elements and range across subjects and kinds of speech.
The World's Room
The World's Room is a dynamic first collection in which the literary and the personal, the elevated and the slangy, the sacred and the profane are beautifully intertwined.
The World's Room is a dynamic first collection in which the literary and the personal, the elevated and the slangy, the sacred and the profane are beautifully intertwined. From nursery rhymes to riddles to prose poems, Joshua Weiner's work displays boundless imaginative and linguistic possibilities.