Short Bio:

Joan Larkin's fifth book of poems, Blue Hanuman, was published by Hanging Loose Press in 2014. A teacher for many decades (at Brooklyn College and Sarah Lawrence, among many others) she recently served as Conkling Writer in Residence at Smith College. Her honors include the Shelley Memorial Award and the Academy of American Poets Fellowship.

Long Bio

Joan Larkin's CV PDF



Housework (Out & Out Books, 1975)

A Long Sound (Granite Press, 1986)

Cold River (Painted Leaf Press, 1997)

Sor Juana’s Love Poems/Poemas de Amor (in Spanish and English, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, Joan Larkin, Jaime Manrique; Painted Leaf Press, 1997, reprinted, University of Wisconsin Press, 2003)

My Body: New and Selected Poems (Hanging Loose Press, 2007)

Legs Tipped with Small Claws (Argos Books, 2012)

Blue Hanuman (Hanging Loose Press, 2014)


If You Want What We Have: Sponsorship Meditations (Hazelden, 1998)

Glad Day: Daily Meditations for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People (Hazelden, 1998)

Collections Edited

Amazon Poetry: An Anthology (with Elly Bulkin, Out & Out Books, 1975)

Lesbian Poetry: An Anthology (with Elly Bulkin, Persephone Press, 1980)

Gay and Lesbian Poetry in Our Time: An Anthology (with Carl Morse, St. Martin’s Press, 1988)

A Woman Like That: Lesbian and Bisexual Writers Tell their Coming Out Stories (Avon/Bard Books 1999, Harper Paperbacks 2000)


A Sign I Was Not Alone (LP recording of poets Adrienne Rich, Honor Moore, Audre Lorde, Joan Larkin, New York: Out & Out Books, 1980)

Limited Editions

“A Garden,” letterpress broadside (Center for Book Arts, NYC, 2005)

“Waste Not,” letterpress broadside (Bridge Press, Vermont, 2005)

Boston Piano (Belladonna limited edition poetry chapbook, June 2003)

"Hard Differences” (letterpress broadside, American Populist Poetry Series, 1980)

Plays: Staged Readings, Productions, Scripts

The AIDS Passion, staged reading, Mt. Holyoke College, April 1995

The Living, staged reading, Huntington Theater Company, Boston, December 1996; full production, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, June 2000

The Hole in the Sheet, book and lyrics for a klezmer musical farce, music by Steve Elson (currently seeking production)

Wiretap, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater, NYC, December 2001, staged reading by Brooklyn College Theater Department. Script published online at Lodestar Quarterly

Brother Dust, a hip-hop version of Sophocles’ Antigone (currently seeking production)

If You Were Going to Get a Pet. Script published online at at Tarpaulin Sky