Joseph Millar

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Joseph Millar
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Nationality American
Alma mater Johns Hopkins University
Genre Poetry
Spouse Dorianne Laux

Joseph Millar is an American poet. He was raised in western Pennsylvania and after an adult life spent mostly in the SF Bay Area and the Northwest, now lives in North Carolina.


Millar received an MA degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1970.[1] He has worked as a telephone installation foreman and commercial fisherman and in 1997 gave up this blue collar life to try his hand at teaching. He has poems about fatherhood, labor, relationships and the life of the American man in the 20th Century.

His work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including The Alaska Quarterly Review, "DoubleTake," Ploughshares,[2]Poetry International, and Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, New Letters, Raleigh Review and Shenandoah.

He has taught at Mount Hood Community College, Oregon State University.[3] He now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Pacific University and the Esalen Institute.

He is married to poet Dorianne Laux; they live in Raleigh, North Carolina.


In 2002, Millar was awarded a Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2008 his work won a Pushcart Prize. He has also been the recipient of grants from the Montalvo Center for the Arts and from Oregon Literary Arts. In 2012, he was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow.[4]


  • "Slow Dancer", Cherry Valley Editions, 1992,
  • "Nightbound", Idaho Review Press, 2009
  • "Bestiary," from Red Dragonfly Press, 2010.


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  2. ^ "Doug Anderson". Plough Shares. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
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  5. ^ J. Scott Brownlee (January 10, 2012). "BLUE RUST by Joseph Millar". Rattle. Elegiac snap-shots of 1960’s-1970’s industrial America like this one can be found throughout Blue Rust and make the collection’s title, given the ongoing economic downturn of the United States, seem particularly apt. 

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