Joseph Stroud

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Joseph Stroud, (born 1943, Glendale, California) is an American poet.[1]


He was educated at the University of San Francisco, California State University at Los Angeles, and San Francisco State University. He is currently retired from teaching at Cabrillo College.[2]

He has published five collections of poetry, most recently Of This World; New and Selected Poems[3] (Copper Canyon Press, 2008) and Country of Light (Copper Canyon Press, 2004). His work earned a Pushcart Prize in 2000 and has been featured on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac. He was also a finalist for the Northern California Book Critics Award in 2005 and a year later was selected for a Witter Bynner Fellowship in poetry from the Library of Congress.[4]

Varied in subject and form, Stroud’s poems include six-line lyrics, narrative prose poems, odes, homages, sustained contemplations, suites, and brief epigrammatic offerings. However it is substance, whatever form it takes, that interests him.[5] His poetry articulates a voyage through places and times and voices, often sifting through the details of daily life, searching for miracles (“Inside the pear there’s a paradise we will never know, our only hint the sweetness of its taste.” - Comice, Below Cold Mountain).

He divides his time between his home in Santa Cruz, California, and a cabin in the Sierra Nevada.[6]



  • In the Sleep of Rivers. Capra Press. 1974. ISBN 978-0-912264-98-1.
  • Signatures. BOA. 1982. ISBN 978-0-918526-38-0.
  • Below Cold Mountain. Copper Canyon Press. 1998. ISBN 978-1-55659-084-9.
  • Country of Light. Copper Canyon Press. 2004. ISBN 978-1-55659-205-8.
  • Of This World: New and Selected Poems. Copper Canyon Press. 2008. ISBN 978-1-55659-285-0.



  1. ^ ""Joseph Stroud",''BOA Editions''". Archived from the original on 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  2. ^ Dana Gioia, Chryss Yost, Jack Hicks, eds. (2004). California poetry: from the Gold Rush to the present. Heyday Books. ISBN 978-1-890771-72-0.
  3. ^ "Book Review". Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "Poet and the Poem Webcasts, Library of Congress". Archived from the original on 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  5. ^ CHRIS WATSON (December 5, 2008). Santa Cruz (CA) Sentinel Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Joseph Stroud", Good Times Weekly, 31 December 2008 [dead link]
  7. ^ "American Academy of Arts and Letters - Literature Awards Press Release". 2011-03-22. Archived from the original on 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2012-09-10.