Joan Larkin’s My Body: New and Selected Poems (Hanging Loose Press) received the Publishing Triangle’s 2008 Audre Lorde Award. David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times has called Larkin’s voice “unsentimental, ruthless and clear-eyed. . . . This is poetry without pity, in which despair leads not to degradation but to a kind of grace.” Larkin’s previous books include Housework, A Long Sound, Sor Juana’s Love Poems (co-translated with Jaime Manrique), and Cold River, winner of the Lambda Award for poetry.
Larkin co-founded the independent press Out & Out Books as part of the feminist literary explosion of the 1970s and co-edited the groundbreaking anthologies Amazon Poetry and Lesbian Poetry with Elly Bulkin and Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time with Carl Morse. Her anthology A Woman Like That was nominated for Publishing Triangle and Lambda prizes for nonfiction in 2000. Larkin has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
She has a B.A. degree from Swarthmore, an M.A. in English from the University of Arizona, and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. She has served on the writing faculties of Brooklyn, Sarah Lawrence, Goddard, and New England Colleges and as Distinguished Visiting Poet at Columbia College Chicago and Wichita State University.