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Joan Larkin
(1939 - living) U.S.A.

Joan Larkin

Poet, writer and anthologist


Joan Larkin has taught for more than three decades in MFA and college undergraduate programs and currently teaches poetry writing at Sarah Lawrence and New England College. Joan Larkin's collections of poetry are Housework, A Long Sound, and Cold River (1997).

Twice winner of the Lambda Literary award for poetry, she co-founded the independent press Out & Out Books as part of the feminist literary explosion of the 1970's and co-edited the ground-breaking anthologies Amazon Poetry, Lesbian Poetry, and Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time in the 70's and 80's.

Her anthology of coming-out stories, A Woman Like That, was nominated for Publishing Triangle and Lambda awards for nonfiction in 2000. Her awards include fellowships in poetry and playwriting from the NEA, NYFA, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

She is the author of a prize-winning play, The Living, and co-translator of Sor Juana's Love Poems. A teacher of writing for many years, she has served on the faculties of Brooklyn, Sarah Lawrence, and Goddard colleges. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and currently lives and writes in New York City.


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