About Joseph Campana

Joseph Campana is a poet, critic, and scholar of Renaissance literature. He is the author of The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity (Fordham UP, 2012), and two collections of poetry, The Book of Faces (Graywolf, 2005) and Natural Selections (2012), which received the Iowa Poetry Prize. His poems appear in Slate, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, and many other venues. He has received grants from the NEA and the Houston Arts Alliance. Current projects include a study of Shakespeare entitled The Child’s Two Bodies and a collection of poems entitled The Book of Life. He teaches literature and creative writing at Rice University. Find his website here.        

In Memoriam: Grace Paley

Yesterday the literary world lost a poet, storyteller, and peace activist with the death of Grace Paley. Born in 1922, Paley began publishing stories in the 50s, protesting war in the 60s, and demonstrating against nuclear weapons in the 70s.…

Jack’s Back

I wish I could say that every youth in my sleepy upstate New York hometown longed to foment rebellion, change the world, or at least set out for long, crazed journeys to wherever the roads would take them. There didn’t,…

Un-MFAed

The rites of initiation in any profession can be crude or baroque, extensive or nearly non-existent. Too many wiser voices have spoken of the apprenticeship of writers for me to descant and yet again descant on that supreme theme. What…

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