Lawrence, Kansas – Joesph is the author of Things Come On (an amneoir) (Wesleyan Poetry 2011), a mixed-genre work relating the twinned narratives of the Watergate scandal and his mother’s cancer. Things Come On was chosen by National Book Award winner Camille Dungy as a Rumpus magazine Poetry Book Club selection. Harrington is also the author of he chapbook Earth Day Suite (Beard of Bees Press 2010 – available as free PDF) and the critical study Poetry and the Public: The Social Form of Modern US Poetics (Wesleyan UP 2002), excerpts from which appeared in Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader (Illinois UP 2009). His creative work has appeared in Hotel Amerika, BathHouse, 1913: a journal of forms, No Tell Motel, With+Stand, Otoliths, Fact-Simile, and P-Queue, among others; and he has published articles on modernism, political philosophy, and the cultural history of poetry in journals such as Jacket2, American Literary History, and American Literature.
Harrington was Walt Whitman Chair of American Literature and Culture at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 2005, under the auspices of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program; he also was a Mayers Fellow at the Huntington Library and has held both research and creative work fellowships from the Hall Center for the Humanities. Harrington is Professor of English at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence.