Jonathan Stalling with Joseph Harrington

Joseph Harrington
Joseph Harrington

In 2007, I founded the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series. This series curates between 10 to 15 readings a year in Norman, Oklahoma and features poets spanning a broad spectrum of poetry communities and styles. Past poets who have read include Tom Raworth, Hank Lazer, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Arthur Sze, Natasha Tretheway, Myung Mi Kim, Charles Alexander, Joe Harrington, Afaa Weaver, Shin Yu Pai, Leonard Schwartz, Hugh Tribby, Gerald Stern, Sy Hoawhwah, Alexandra Teague, Kate Greenstreet, Dean Rader, Zhang Er, Julie Carr, Tim Roberts, Grant Jenkins, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Duo Duo, Wang Jiaxin, Glenn Mott, among many more.

In this 2012 conversation with Joe Harrington, we discuss his innovative autobiography or “amneoir,” Things Come On, and explore his use of inter-genre lyric poetics to open a poetry at the crossroads of personal and public history—personal and political language inside a space inhabited by intimate memory, cross-indexed with political scandal. The conversation also crosses into a discussion of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee, which Harrington discusses as a major influence on his work.—Jonathan Stalling

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Joseph Harrington is the author of Things Come On (an amneoir), a mixed-genre work relating the twinned narratives of the Watergate scandal and his mother’s cancer. It was a Rumpus magazine Poetry Book Club selection. He is the author of the chapbooks Earth Day Suite (Beard of Bees 2010) and Of Some Sky (Bedouin, forthcoming), as well as of the critical work Poetry and the Public. He is the recipient of a Millay Colony residency and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, and is currently Professor of English at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.