Joe Wenderoth

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Joe Wenderoth (born 1966) is an American writer, performer, teacher, and film-maker. He has published six books: four books of poetry, an epistolary novel, and a book of essays. His films can be found on You-Tube, and his performances can be found at Internet Archive. Wenderoth curates The Seizure State, which appears in Gigantic, the Brooklyn-based magazine. He also produces "About Brett Favre," which is The Seizure State's podcast (available at Internet Archive). Episode one is here:

Wenderoth's work is widely anthologized, appearing in collections and periodicals such as: "Harper's," "The Nation," The Anchor Book Of New American Short Stories, Best American Poetry 2007, 'Best American Essays 2008, Poetry 180, The Next American Essay, The Best American Prose Poems: From Poe To Present, The Body Electric, The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology, American Poetry: Next Generation, In 2003, the One Yellow Rabbit theater company performed an adaptation of Wenderoth's Letters To Wendy's. The adaptation was done by Bruce McCulloch (The Kids in the Hall) and Blake Brooker, both of whom also starred in the production. In 2007, Wenderoth performed in collaboration with Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers) in Brooklyn at the Issue Project Room. Wenderoth is Full Professor in the graduate Creative Writing Program at the University of California at Davis.

Wenderoth is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and received his M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College.[1][2]


Epistolary Novel


  • If I Don't Breathe How Do I Sleep (Wave Books, 2014)
  • No Real Light (Wave Books, 2007)
  • It Is If I Speak (Wesleyan University Press, 2000)
  • The Endearment (Short Line Editions, 1999)
  • Disfortune (Wesleyan University Press, 1995)


  • The Holy Spirit of Life: Essays Written for John Ashcroft's Secret Self (Wave Books, 2005)


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