Upcoming Events

08/08/2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Summer 8wk session final grades due
Fall Classes Begin

Janine Joseph

JJoseph 1a  JJ Driving

Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Houston
MFA, New York University

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Poetry
  • Libretti
  • Undocumented Immigration/Immigration Literatures

Recent Upper Division & Graduate Courses Taught

  • ENGL 3040: Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 4640: Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 5000: Master's Thesis
  • ENGL 6140: Studies in Poetry Writing

Selected Publications


Driving without a LicenseAlice James Books, 2016. (Winner of the 2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize)


Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline. Original libretto commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco. Music composed by John L. Cornelius II. 2016.

"On This Muddy Water": Voices from the Houston Ship Channel. Original song cylce commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco. Music composed by D.J. Starr. 2014.

The Three Little Pigs. Script adaptation for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco. Music composed by Thomas Hulten. 2014. 

From My Mother's Mother. Original song cylce commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco for the "Song of Houston: East + West" series. Music composed by Jeeyoung Kim. 2012. 

Selected Journal Publications:

"Shift." Poetry Daily, May 2016. Online.

"Ivan, Always Hiding" Southern Humanities Review: Undocumented Writers Online Feature, April 2016. Online.

"Four Darks in Red," "Reading the Bleed," "Cerebral Edema," and "Human Archipelago." Waxwing, issue VIII. Online.

"Circuitry." The Academy of American Poets: Poem-a-Day. February 4, 2016. Online.

"Landscape with American Dream." The New American, vol. XX (2015 - 2016 edition). Print and Online.

"You Lie" and "The Part of the Water." The Adroit Journal, issue 13. Online.

"Landscape with American Dream." The California Journal of Poetics, issue 1. Online.

"Homecoming." Drunken Boat, issue 20. Online.

"Tago Ng Tago (TNT)," "Arrival," "Move-In," "Snakes In the Grass," and "Bonfire." Connotation Press: An Online Artifact (featured on “A Poetry Congeries”). July 2014. Online.

"‘More milk, more milk makes it better’" and "Where There’s Smoke." Eleven Eleven, issue 17. Print.

"Chain Migration." Hyphen Magazine. August 2014. Online.

"Between Chou and the Butterfly" and "About the Visas." The Journal, 38:2. Online.

"Electromyography." The Collagist, 55. 2014. Online.

"Shift." Painted Bride Quarterly, 88. 2013. Online and Print.

"Swarm" and "Leaving the Non-Profit Immigration Lawyer's Office." Kenyon Review Online. Summer 2013. Online.

"Assimilation" and "After the flood." la fovea. 2013. Online.

"Exchanging Vows." Asian American Literary Review, 3:2. 2012. Print.      

"Comeuppance" and "Narrative." Lantern Review, 4. 2012. Online.

"Wreck." Hayden’s Ferry Review, 48. 2011. Print.

"Break." Clementine, 2. 2009. Online.                                         

"What after." Third Coast, 27. 2008. Print. 

Poems in Textbooks:

"Move-In." Poetry: A Writers' Guide and Anthology. Bloomsbury Academic: New York, 2018. Forthcoming.

Poems in Anthologies:

"Leaving the Non-Profit Immigration Lawyer's Office," "'More milk, more milk makes it better,'" and "Human Archipelago." Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance. Michael Boughn, John Bradley, Brenda Cardenas, et al, eds. Dispatches Edition: 2017. Print. Forthcoming.

"Between Chou and the Butterfly." Best American Experimental Writing 2015. Douglas Kearney, ed. Seth Abramson and Jesse Damiani, series eds. Wesleyan University Press: CT, 2015. Print.

“Wreck.” Best New Poets 2011.  D.A. Powell, ed. Jazzy Danziger and Jeb Livingood, series eds. University of Virginia Press: VA, 2011. 6. Print.

"Driving without a license." Here is a Pen: An Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets. Ching-In Chen, Margaret Rhee, and Debbie Yee, eds.  Achiote Press: Berkeley, CA, 2009. 7. Print.

"Junkyarding through the great Moreno Valley." Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes.  Ryan G. Van  Cleave and Chad Prevost, eds.  C & R Press: Chattanooga, TN, 2009. 109-10. Print.  
"Second Lesson (Circle Inn)," "Junkyarding through the great Moreno Valley," and "TheUndocumented Immigrant Poem # 79." Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California.  Christopher Buckley and Gary Young, eds. Greenhouse Review Press/Alcatraz Editions: Santa Cruz, CA, 2008. 218-19. Print.

“Anilao, 1989." Homage to Vallejo.  Christopher Buckley, ed.  Greenhouse Review Press: Santa  Cruz, CA, 2006. 36-7. Print.


"Language of the Border." VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. VIDA Exclusive. May 2015. Online.

"Forum: ‘MFA vs POC.’"The Asian American Literary Review. Fall/Winter 2015 Issue. Print and Online.

"Undocumented, and Riding Shotgun." What It Means to Be American. Zócalo Public Square (in partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History): January 2015. Online.

"Undocumented, and Riding Shotgun" (abridged reprints). KCRW: Which Way, L.A.? and For the Curious. January 2015. Online.

"The Exemplary Poem and the Exemplary Life." The Press at California State University Fresno & Greenhouse Review Press: 2013. Print.

Selected Honors & Offices

  • Finalist, 2017 Oklahoma Book Award (Poetry)
  • Member. Undocupoets. Current.
  • Contributing Editor, Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art. Current.
  • Howard Nemerov Poetry Scholarship (Sewanee Writers' Conference), 2016.
  • Robert M. Hogge Teaching Award, 2015.
  • Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA) Manuel G. Flores Prize, 2014.
  • Kundiman Poetry Prize, 2014.
  • Inprint/Barthelme Fellowship in Poetry, 2013.
  • Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, 2009-2011.