Poetry with Joseph Millar  

Spend each morning workshop (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) with Joesph Millar and a small group of other poets.  Each participant will submit up to 5 poems (not more than 10 pages) for review by the workshop group. The workshop will focus on poetic craft and is meant for poets intending to publish their work.  The workshop meets four mornings (Mon.-Thurs.) and each participant will receive focused feedback from the group on their poems.  Workshop packets with all submissions will be available for online download after July 15th.  Optional participant readings will be held.   

 Photo Credit:  dodgepeotry.org

Photo Credit: dodgepeotry.org

JOSEPH MILLAR’s first collection, Overtime, was a finalist for the 2001 Oregon Book Award. His second collection, Fortune, appeared in 2007, followed by a third, Blue Rust, in 2012. His latest collection Kingdom was released in February of 2017.

Millar grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Johns Hopkins University before spending 30 years in the San Francisco Bay area working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. It would be two decades before he returned to poetry. His work—stark, clean, unsparing—records the narrative of a life fully lived among fathers, sons, brothers, daughters, weddings and divorce.

He has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in such magazines as DoubleTake, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, APR, and Ploughshares. Millar teaches in Pacific University's low-residency MFA Program and in North Carolina State's MFA Program in Creative Writing.


"Many poems take risks, most often by interrogating our culture’s ideas of masculinity. Even though Mr. Millar, a baby-boomer and a native of the Pittsburgh area, comes from a generation of men that often shies from talking of emotions, there is a striking emotional honesty permeating this collection (Kingdom).” —MARTIN SAUNDERS, Pittsburgh PostGazette