Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar
Dorianne Laux’s most recent books of poems are The Book of Men (2011), winner of the Paterson Prize for Poetry, and Facts about the Moon (2007), recipient of the Oregon Book Award judged by Ai, The Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and Smoke, as well as three fine small press editions, Superman: The Chapbook, Dark Charms, and The Book of Women, all from Red Dragonfly Press. Co-author of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, she’s the recipient of three Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She and her husband, poet Joseph Millar, moved to Raleigh in 2008 where she teaches poetry in the MFA program at North Carolina State University and she is founding faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program. The Book of Men was reviewed in the NY Times as one of 5 books of poems for summer reading, and shortly after its release, reached number 1 on Amazon.com’s Bestseller list, beating out Tom Waits and Tupac Shakur. She is at work on her 6th book of poems. /// Joseph Millar’s three collections are Overtime, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, Fortune, and Blue Rust (all available from Carnegie-Mellon). Millar grew up in Pennsylvania, attended the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and spent the next 30 years in the San Francisco Bay area working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. His poems record the narrative of a life fully lived among fathers, sons, brothers, daughters, weddings, divorces, men and women. His work has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (2012), the National Endowment for the Arts and a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in such magazines as DoubleTake, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, American Poetry Review, Tin House, and Ploughshares. Millar is core faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA and lives in Raleigh, NC.