Joshua Beckman

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Joshua Beckman is an American poet.[1][2] He is the author of six collections of poetry, including Take It, Shake, and Things Are Happening, which won the first annual Honickman-APR book award. He is also the author of two collaborations with New York–based poet Matthew Rohrer, including Nice Hat. Thanks. During his residency at Women's Studio Workshop, in 1997 he published There Is an Ocean, a combination of six prose poem/narratives about young men’s encounters with bodies of water, portraying the tension inherent in youth (especially among young gay men).[3] He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Poker by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award, as well as multiple co-translations with Alejandro de Acosta. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York. A graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, Beckman was the editor of the short-lived literary magazine, Object Lesson, which served as inspiration for subsequent literary and artistic publishing ventures.

Wave Books Poetry Bus Tour 2006[edit]

Joshua Beckman was the tour coordinator[4] of the Poetry Bus Tour, a literary event sponsored by Wave Books in 2006. It featured a tour of contemporary poets, traveling by a forty-foot Biodiesel bus, who stopped to perform in fifty North American cities over the course of fifty days.[5]


  • The Inside of an Apple (Wave Books, 2013)
  • Micrograms (Wave Books, 2011; co-translated with Alejandro de Acosta)
  • 5 Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010; co-translated with Alejandro de Acosta)
  • Take It (Wave Books, 2009)
  • Shake (Wave Books, 2006)
  • Your Time Has Come (Verse Press, 2004)
  • Poker by Tomaž Šalamun (translated by Joshua Beckman) (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2004)
  • Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002; with Matthew Rohrer)
  • Something I Expected To Be Different (Verse Press, 2001)
  • Things Are Happening (Copper Canyon Press, 1998)


  • Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty (2003) - with Matthew Rohrer


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