Joshua Weiner was born in Boston and grew up in central New Jersey. He is the author of three books of poems, The World’s Room (2001) and From the Book of Giants (2006), and The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish (2013).Weiner earned a BA from Northwestern University and a PhD from University of California, Berkeley.
He is the poetry editor of Tikkun magazine and is also the editor of At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn (2009). His poems and prose have appeared in Best American Poetry, the Nation, the American Scholar, New York Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, Chicago Review, Boston Review, Yale Review, Slate, and elsewhere.
Weiner is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the Larry Levis Award from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Whiting Writers’ Award. He has served residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and spent a year in Berlin on an Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, and was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship.
Weiner is professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, and lives with his family in Washington, DC.
Articles By JOSHUA WEINER
- “If You Read, You'll Judge”
In the world of poetry, "best" is a fighting word.
- Canon Fodder
A highly personal list.
- Hit Singles
Looking at the most anthologized poems in English.
- Philip Larkin: “The Whitsun Weddings”
A Springtime train ride with brides and grooms.
- Seamus Heaney: “Casualty”
In this “Troubles” elegy, the poet revisits a fisherman and pub-goer he once knew.
- Thom Gunn: “From the Wave”
Touch, risk, trust, improvisation—“the intellect as powerhouse of love.”