Joshua Beckman

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Joshua Beckman
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Born New Haven, Connecticut
Occupation Poet, Editor
Nationality American

Joshua Beckman is an American poet.[1][2]


Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut.,[3] and graduated from Hampshire College.[4] He is the author of eight collections of poetry, including The Inside of an Apple (which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), Take It, Shake, and Things Are Happening, which won the first annual Honickman-APR book award. He has collaborated with Matthew Rohrer on live improvised poems, collected in the book Nice Hat. Thanks and the audio CD Adventures While Preaching The Gospel of Beauty (which was recorded while on a twenty-five city tour). As part of their collaboration Beckman and Rohrer also performed an improvised walking tour of the Brooklyn Museum and a class on eavesdropping for the Museum of Modern Art.[5] 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[6] 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.[7]



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


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