Lawrence Joseph

Tinnelly Professor of Law
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1975M.A., Magdalene College, Cambridge University, 1972B.A., University of Michigan, 1970

Professor Lawrence Joseph was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1948.  His grandparents were Lebanese and Syrian Catholics, among the first Arab immigrants to Detroit.  He was educated at the University of Michigan, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors in English Language and Literature in 1970, and received first prize in the major Hopwood Award for Poetry; Magdalene College, Cambridge University, where he received both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees with Honors in English Language and Literature, in 1972 and 1976 respectively; and the University of Michigan Law School, where he received a J.D. in 1975. He then served as law clerk to Justice (later Chief Justice) G. Mennen Williams of the Michigan Supreme Court.  From 1978 to 1981, he was a member of the School of Law faculty at the University of Detroit.  In 1981, he moved to New York City, where he was associated with the firm of Shearman & Sterling.  At Shearman & Sterling, his practice included  securities fraud, bankruptcy, and anti-trust litigation.  Professor Joseph has been at St. John's School of Law since 1987.  He has taught, and teaches, courses in Torts, Employment Law, Jurisprudence, Law and Interpretation, and Advanced Torts.  In 2003, he was named The Reverend Joseph T. Tinnelly, C.M. Professor of Law.

Professor Joseph has published and lectured extensively in areas of labor, employment, tort and compensation law, jurisprudence, law and literature, and legal theory.  He has served as Consultant on Tort and Compensation Law for the Michigan State Senate's Commission on Courts, and as Consultant for the Governor of Michigan's Commission on Workers' Compensation, Occupational Disease and Employment, and has received a grant from the Employment Standards Division of the United States Department of Labor to write on workers' compensation.  He has been invited to speak at law schools throughout the country, including Stanford, Columbia, Harvard, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Northwestern, and Georgetown, and is the former Chairperson of the Association of American Law School's section on Law and Interpretation.

Professor Joseph is also an internationally acclaimed poet and writer. His poems, prose, essays, and criticism have appeared, and his work has been featured, in national and international publications, and has been translated into several languages. Described by David A. Skeel, Jr. in Legal Affairs magazine as “the most important lawyer-poet of our era,” he is the author of six acclaimed books of poems: So Where Are We? (Farrar, Sraus and Giroux, 2017), Into It (FSG, 2005), Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993) (FSG, 2005), which collects Professor Joseph’s first three books of poems, Before Our Eyes (FSG, 1993), Curriculum Vitae (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988), and Shouting at No One (University of Pittsburgh Press,1983). Professor Joseph's poetry is widely anthologized, reviewed and written on. His poetry is included in the Oxford Book of American Poetry (edited by David Lehman).  His seventh book of poems, A Certain Clarity: Selected Poems, will be published by FSG in March 2020.  Professor Joseph is also the author of Lawyerland, an internationally acclaimed  non-fiction novel (which was optioned for a film by Mr. Mudd Productions whose partners include John Malkovich, Russell Smith and Lianne Helfon), and The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose (University of Michigan Press, 2011).

Professor Joseph's writings have become uniquely both a part of, and the subject of over twenty articles and essays in Law and Literature and Law and Humanities scholarship. The legal scholarly articles and essays on Professor Joseph's work include the Columbia Law Review symposium "The Lawyerland Essays" (Volume 101, No. 7, November 2001), with essays by Robert Weisberg, Robin West, David Luban, Pierre Schlag, David A. Skeel. Jr., and Sarah Krakoff; and a second law review symposium in the University of Cincinnati Law Review,"Some Sort of Chronicler I Am: Narration and the Poetry of Lawrence Joseph," (Volume 77. No. 3. Spring 2009), with articles and essays by Joseph P. Tomain, Lee Upton, John Lowney, Eric Murphy Selinger, Frank D. Rashid, Lisa M. Steinman, Thomas DePietro, and David A. Skeel, Jr. His work has been taught in universities and law schools in the United States and internationally.   

Among Professor Joseph’s awards are a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, two National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowships, and the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, which he received for Shouting at No One.  In April 2006, he was named the third recipient of the New York County Lawyers Association’s “Law and Literature Award” (prior recipients are Louis Auchincloss and Louis Begley).   In 1989, Professor Joseph lectured on law and on poetry in Jordan, Israel, and Egypt through the cultural affairs offices of the United States embassies in each country.  He has been a member of the board of directors of Poets House, the Poetry Society of America, and The Writer's Voice, and served on the PEN Events Committee. In 1994, he taught in the Council of the Humanities and Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. Professsor Joseph’s literary, professional, and personal papers have been acquired by the Special Collections Library of the University of Michigan, the archive to be held in the University of Michigan’s Hatcher Graduate Library.  

Married to the painter Nancy Van Goethem, he lives in downtown Manhattan.


A Certain Clarity: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020; FSG paperback, 2021).

So Where Are We? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017; FSG paperback, 2018).

The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose (University of Michigan Press, 2011).

Into It  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005; FSG, paperback, 2007).

Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005).

Lawyerland  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997; FSG paperback, 2004; Plume Penguin, paperback, 1998; Im Land der Advokaten , Dumont, 1999, German translation by Martina Tichy).

Before Our Eyes  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1993; FSG paperback, 1994; Sous Nous Yeux, Editions Petra, 2015, French translation by Catherine Pierre-Bon)

Curriculum Vitae  (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988).

Shouting at No One  (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1983).


Report to the Governor: Analysis of Coverage of Occupational Injuries and Diseases Under the Michigan Workers' Compensation Disability Act  (State of Michigan, 1985).

Articles, Essays, and Other Prose Writings (Since 1990)

"What the World Learned from Detroit Music (and Soul)", essay, in RESPECT: An Anthology of Poems on Detroit Music (Michigan State University Press, 2019).

"The Hopwood Award," essay, in The Hopwood Poets Revisited: Eighteen Major Award Winners (Library Partners Press, 2018).

Interview, "The Way I Feel the World," with Philip Metres, Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 2018.

Book Chapter, "Through Narrative and By Metaphor: Creating a Lawyer-Self in Poetry and Prose," in Narrative and Metaphor in Law (edited by Mike Hanne and Robert Weisberg (Cambridge University Press, 2018).   

Interview, ""So Where Are We?" with Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, Mother Jones, November 25, 2017.

Interview, "Portrait of Our Time," with Anthony Domestico, Commonweal, August 22, 2017.  

Interview, Kenyon Review Conversation, Jul;y-August 2017.

Book Chapter,"Wallace Stevens in Conext: Law," in Stevens in Context, edited by Glenn Macleod (Cambridge University Press, 2017). 

Essay, "What Bob Dylan Learned From Soul," The Literary Hub, October 14, 2016.

Essay, "Visions of Labor," in The Best American Poetry 2016, edited by Edward Hirsch (Scribner, 2016).  

"Iconoscope," Introduction, Iconoscope: New and Selected Poems, by Peter Oresick (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015).  

"News Back Even Further Than That," in Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine, edited by Ru Freeman (OR Books, 2015)

Essay review, “The Self’s Hundred Lines,” Belmont: Poems, by Stephen Burt and 3 Sections: Poems, by Vijay Seshadri, Commonweal, July 11, 2014.

Essay, "So Where Are We?" in The Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition, edited by Robert Pinsky (Scribner, 2013)  

Essay, "Syria," in The Best American Poetry 2013, edited by Denise Duhamel (Scribner, 2013).

Essay review, “Song of Himself,” The Ground: Poems, by Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Commonweal, October 29, 2012.  

Essay, "So Where Are We?" in The Best American Poetry 2012, edited by Mark Doty (Scribner, 2012). 

“The Future of Labor,” Vol.50 Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, 138 (2011). 

“And Then You Add the Arab Thing,” in Arab Detroit After 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade (Wayne State University Press, 2011).

“A Few Reflections on Poetry and Language,” Vol.9 Humanities Review, Spring 2011.

“Christmas Critics,” Giacomo Leopardi’s Canti (translated by Jonathan Galassi), Adonis: Selected Poems (translated by Khaled Mattawa), and Christopher Ricks’s True Friendship:Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell under the Sing of Eliot and Pound, December 3, 2010.

“Being in the Language of Poetry, Being the Language of Law,” Vol.88 Oregon Law Review 101 (2010).

“Issues of Race in the Age of Obama,” Vol. 25 Journal of Civil Rights & Economic Development 117 (2010).

“Notions of Poetry and Narration,” Vol.77 Cincinnati Law Review 941(2009).

“Between Silence & Sound: Marie Ponsot’s Easy, Commonweal, December 18, 2009.

“What is Chicago,” Granta On-Line, September 15, 2009.

Thomas Geoghegan’s See You in CourtThe Catholic Worker, November-December 2008.

“Notions of the Other,” TriQuarterly, Vol. 131, Fall 2008 (Henry Bienen, Guest Editor).

“As Unions Fall, Lawsuits Rise: Thomas Geoghegan’s See You in Court, in In These Times, May 2008.

“Impressions of Eternity: Antonio Monda’s Do You Believe: Conversations on God and Religion,” Commonweal, Janaury 31, 2008.

Interview, “Pulling the Words from the Ruins,” Downtown Express, Nov. 4-10, 2005 (interviewed by Charles Graeber).

"Timespace," in The Future Dictionary of America (McSweeney's Books, 2004).

"Ambition and Greatness: An Exchange," Poetry, May 2005.

"The Music Is: The Deep Roots of Detroit R&B," in Best Music Writing 2003: The Year's Finest Writing on Rock. Pop, Jazz, Country & More (Da Capo Press, 2003).

"Tous Les Grands Problemes Viennent de la Rue," in Siecle 21: Literature and Societe, Autumn 2002 (translation from English into French by Catherine Pierre of  excerpt from "All Great Problems Come From the Streets").

“The Subject and Object of Law,” 67 Brooklyn Law Review 1026 (2002).

"Working Rules for Lawyerland," 101 Columbia Law Review 1793 (2001).

"A Year After the Impeachment Trial of the President," in Aftermath: Conversations on the Clinton Scandal (New York University Press, 2001).

"The Music Is: The Deep Roots of Detroit R & B," Tin House, Winter 2001.

"Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000)," American Poet, Winter 2000-2001.

"A poetry reading, or poetry readings, that I remember most. . . ,"  in KGB Bar Book of Poems (Perennial/Harper Collins, 2000).

"Smokey Robinson's High Tenor Voice," Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 2000.

"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" The Nation, May 8, 2000 (essay review of Blonde, by Joyce Carol Oates).

"Caught in Your Own Net: Microsoft and the Accelerated Market," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Editorial and Opinion page, in German translation, February 15, 2000.

"Morally Depraved, Justice in America: Should a Child Who Murders Be Punished as an Adult?," Suddeutsche Zeitung, Editorial and Opinion page, in German translation, Jan. 24, 2000.

"On Kronman's 'Rhetoric,'" 67 University of Cincinnati Law Review 719 (1999).

"New Poetics (Sans Aristotle)," The Nation, Dec. 13, 1999 (essay review of Lives of the Poets, by Michael Schmidt).

"Enzensberger's Kiosk," introduction to The Selected Poems of Hans Magnus Enzensberger (The Sheep Meadow Press, 1999).

"What is Behind His Writing" and "Some Ways That His Poems May Be Read," in Contemporary Authors  (Gale, 1999).

"Lawyerland," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitgung, Editorial and Opinion Page, in German translation, September 12, 1998.

"Enzensberger's Kiosk," Jacket, September 1998 (essay review of Kiosk, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger).

“Zen Records,” The Nation, December 27, 1997 (essay review of Selected Poems, by Harvey Shapiro).

"Aspects of Kees," Verse, Summer 1997 (essay on the poetry of Weldon Kees).

"Jeremiah and Corinthians," in Communion: Contemporary Writers Reveal the Bible in Their Lives (Anchor Books, 1996).

"Reflections on Law and Literature (Imaginary Interview)," 59 Saskatchewan Law Review 417 (1995).

"A Formal Life: Marilyn Hacker's Deep Structure," Voice Literary Supplement, February 1995 (essay review of Selected Poems (1965-1995) and Winter Numbers, by Marilyn Hacker).

"Any and All," in For a Living: The Poetry of Work (University of Illinois Press, 1995).

"The Communion of Saints," in A Tremor of Bliss: Contemporary Writers on the Saints (Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994).

"Journeys to Love," The Kenyon Review, Winter 1994 (essay review of Selected Poems, by Julia Randall, and Collected Shorter Poems 1946-1991, by Hayden Carruth).

"Pure Song," American Book Review, December 1993-January 1994 (essay review of People Live, They Have Lives, by Hugh Seidman).

"Theories of Poetry, Theories of Law," 46 Vanderbilt Law Review 1227 (1993).

"Constitutional Conjuring," 27 Valparaiso University Law Review 585 (1993).

"The Lawyer's Bookshelf," New York Law Journal, March 29, 1993 (essay review of Undue Influence: The Epic Battle for the Johnson & Johnson Fortune, by David Margolick) .

"Half Angel, Half Human," American Book Review, Feb.-Mar. 1993 (essay review of Hotel Madden Poems, by Paul Pines, and Target Populations, by Mark Kaminsky).

"The Real Thing," The Nation, April 20, 1992 (essay review of Flow Chart, by John Ashbery, and An Atlas of the Difficult World, by Adrienne Rich).

"The Morning of the Poem," Poetry East, Fall 1992 (essay on the poetry of James Schuyler).

"Some Sort of Chronicler I Am," in Best American Poetry 1992 (Charles Scribner's Sons and Collier Books, 1992).

"The Art of Poetry, XLIV: Yehuda Amichai," The Paris Review, Spring 1992 (introduction and interview of Yehuda Amichai).

"Living in Time and Powers of Congress," Verse, Winter/Spring 1991-1992 (essay review of Living in Time, by Rachel Hadas, and Powers of Congress, by Alice Fulton).

"War Afterthoughts," Hungry Mind Review, May 1991.
"Donald Hall's Old and New Poems," Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 1991.

“Union Dues," The Nation, September 16, 1991 (essay review of Which Side Our You On?: Trying to Be for Labor When It's Flat on Its Back, by Thomas Geoghegan).

"A Poet Urged By Words and A Sense of the Past," Forward, June 7, 1991 (essay review of Operation Memory, by David Lehman).

"Silk's Polyglot Poetry," Forward, October 19, 1990, and The Jerusalem Post, February 22, 1991 (essay review of Catwalk and Overpass, by Dennis Silk).
"Can't Forget the Motor City," The Nation, December 17, 1990 (essay review of Devil's Night: And Other True Tales of Detroit, by Ze'ev Chafets).

"War of the Worlds," The Nation, Sept. 24, 1990 (essay review of Poems 1959-1979 and These Days, by Frederick Seidel).
"Men of Irony," The Village Voice, March 20, 1990 (essay review, of V. and Other Poems, by Tony Harrison, and K.S. In Lakeland: New and Selected Poems, by Michael Hofmann).

Poems (Since 1990)

"Body. History. Evil. God. Human.", The Paris Review, Summer 2019.

"Here in a State of Tectonic Tension," "Visions of Labor," in What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University Press, 2019).

"Sentimental Education," in RESPECT: An Anthology of Poems on Detroit Music (Michigan State University Press, 2019).

"Crucial purposes fulfilled: no fear of beauty, of truth," in Regna for Obama: An Occasional Poem, edited by Majort Jackson ((Harvard Review Chapbook, 2018).  

"An Ancient Clarity Overlaid," forthcoming, The New York Review of Books  

"In This Language, in War's Revolutions" and "Of What we Know Now," The Kenyon Review, Summer 2017.  

"Here in a State of Tectonic Tension, in Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman (Penguin Books, 2017).

"Water Street," in Poem-a-Day, The Academy of American Poets Digital Poetry Series, May 4, 2017.  

"And for the Record," Commonweal, May 5, 2017.

"In One Day's Annals," The Common, Summer 2017.  

"What More is There to Say," Freeman's #3: Home, April 2017 

"Visions of Labor," in The Best American Poetry 2016, edited by Edwatd Hirsch (Scribner, 2016) (with prose statement). 

"A Fable," The New Yorker, January 25, 2016 (with on-line audio reading)  

"News Back Even Further Than That," in Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine, edited by Ru Freeman (OR Books, 2015).

"So Where Are We?, in Tales of Two Cities: The Best & Worst of Times in Today's New York, edited by John Freeman (Penguin Books, 2015)

"Who Talks Like That?" The Nation, October 8, 2015.

"In Parentheses," Commonweal, October 7, 2015.

"Visions of Labour," The London Review of Books, June 18, 2015

"In That City, in Those Circles," The Common, Summer 2015

“On Nature,” Commonweal, October 24, 2014 (90th Anniversary Issue).

“So Where Are We?” in Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York, edited by John Freeman (OR Books, 2014); also in Tales of Two Cities: The Best & Worst of Times in Today's New York, edited by John Freeman (Penguin Books, 2015) 

“In a Post-Bubble Credit-Collapse Environment,” The New Yorker, November 18, 2013 (with on-line audio reading).

“Syria,” in The Best American Poetry 2013, edited by Denise Duhamel (Scribner, 2013) (with prose statement).

“So Where Are We?” in The Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition, edited by Robert Pinsky (Scribner, 2013) (with prose statement).

“Here in a State of Tectonic Tension,” London Review of Books, November 22, 2012.

“Syria,” The Nation, September 24, 2012.

"So Where Are We?" in The Best American Poetry 2012, edited by Mark Doty (Scribner, 2012)  

“So Where Are We?” Granta (“10 Years Later”), September 2011 (with on-line audio reading).

“Parenthesis (after Ritsos),” Banipal (London), Summer 2010.

“Admissions Against Interest,” in Poetry of the Law from Chaucer to the Present, edited by David Kader and Michael Standford (University of Iowa Press, 2010).

“The Pattern-Parallel Map or Graph,” in Visiting Wallace Stevens: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Wallace Stevens, edited by Dennis Barone and James Finnegan (University of Iowa Press, 2009).

"Il y a un Dieu qui nous hait tant," translation of "There is a God Who Hates Us So Much," by Catherine Pierre-Bon, Siecle 21, Spring/Summer 2007.

“Some Sort of Chronicler I Am,“  in The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006) (chosen and edited by David Lehman).

“In It, Into It, Inside It, Down In,” “Inclined to Speak, “ On That Side,” “Why Not Say  What Happens?,” “That Too,” “The Game Changed,” “Once Again,” The Legal Studies Forum, vol. XXX, nos. 1 & 2, 2006.

“Unyieldingly Present,” “In a Mood,” Subtropics, Winter/Spring 2006.

“Unyieldingly Present,” in The Hopwood Awards: 75 Years of Prized Writing (An Anthology of Work by Former Hopwood Winners at the University of Michigan)(University of Michigan Press, 2006) (edited by Nicholas Delbanco, Andrea Beauchamp and Michael Barrett).

“Why Not Say What Happens?” (sections VI and VII), Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, September 11, 2005.

“An Awful Lot Was Happening,” in Writing Ann Arbor: A Literary Anthology(University of Michigan Press, 2005).

"History for Another Time," The Kenyon Review, Fall 2005.

"In It, Into it, Inside It, Down In," "What Do You Mean, What?", "The Game Changed," "Once Again," TriQuarterly, Fall 2005.

"Unyieldingly Present," Siecle 21, Autumn 2005 (translated into French by Catherine Pierre).

"On That Side," "The Bronze-Green Gold-Green Foreground," "The Pattern-Parallel Map or Graph," Jacket, October 2005.
"Metamorphoses (after Ovid)," Pequod, Fall 2005.

"That Too," Poetry, June 2005.

"I Note in a Notebook," Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 2005.

"Woodward Avenue," Ontario Review, Winter 2005.

"Why Not Say What Happens," Commonweal (85th Special Anniversary Issue), Nov. 5, 2004.

"Inclined to Speak," Poetry, November 2004.

"Before Our Eyes" and "Just That," in French translation by Catherine Pierre ("Sous Nos Yeux" and "Rien Que Ca"), Europe: Revue Litteraire Mensuelle: Poetes De Etats-Unis, October 2004.

"Curriculum Vitae," "This Is How It Happens," "An Awful Lot Was Happening," "A Flake of Light Moved," "Sentimental Education," "Just That," The Legal Studies Forum, vol. XXVIII, Nos. 1 & 2 (2004).

"Stop Me if I've Told You," Jacket, Spring 2003.

"Curriculum Vitae," in Abandoned Automobile: Detroit City Poetry (Wayne State University Press, 2001).

"In the Age of Postcapitalism," in New York Poems (Everyman Library, Random House, Inc., 2002).

"When One Is Feeling One's Way," in KGB  Bar Book of Poems (Perennial/Harper Collins, 2000).

“In the Tenth Year of War, in "You Only Exist Inside Me," and "There I Am Again," in Arab Detroit (Wayne State University Press, 2000).

"Some Temporal and Spatial Themes," Joe, Winter 1999/2000.

"Any and All," in A Contracts Anthology Co. (Anderson Publishing 1995).

"You Only Exist Inside Me,” in Eternal Light: Grandparent Poems (Harcourt Brace, New York 1995).

"Any and All," in For a Living: The Poetry of Work (University of Illinois Press, 1995).

"Pyreneus and the Muses," in After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995; Faber and Faber, 1994).

"Before Going Back," in Articulations: Poems About Illness and the Body(University of Iowa Press, 1994).

"Driving Again," in Drive, They Said; Poems About Americans and Their Cars(Milkweed Editions, 1994).

“Before Our Eyes,” “Whose Performance Am I Watching,” Verse, Summer 1993.

"A Flake of Light Moved," Boston Phoenix, July 1993.

"Lines Imagined Translated Into a Foreign Language," Ontario Review, Spring-Summer 1993.

"Out of the Blue," "Under a Spell," "In a Fit of My Own Vividness," "Over Darkening Gold," Pequod, Spring 1993.

"Then," "Do What You Can," "Curriculum Vitae," "In the Age of Postcapitalism," "That's All," in The Pittsburgh Book of Contemporary American Poetry (University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, 1993).

"Sentimental Education," Michigan Quarterly Review, Winter 1992.

“A Particular Examination of Conscience, " Boulevard, Fall 1992.

"About This," Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 1992.

"Some Sort of Chronicler I Am," in Best American Poetry 1992 (Charles Scribner's Sons and Collier Books, 1992).

"Driving Again," in How We Live Now: Contemporary Multicultural Literature (St. Martin's Press, 1992).

"Mama Remembers," in First Light: Mother & Son Poems, A Twentieth Century American Selection (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992).

"An Awful Lot Was Happening," in A Gathering of Poets (The Kent State University Press, 1992).

"Brooding," "Material Facts," and "Admissions Against Interest," Ploughshares, Winter-Spring 1991-92.

"Some Sort of Chronicler I Am" and "Generation," The Kenyon Review (Fall 1991).

"I Had No More to Say," "Between Us," "Fog," "Nothing and No One and Nowhere to Go," "In the Tenth Year of War," "Is It You?" in Working Classics: Poems on Industrial Life (University of Illinois Press, 1990).

Lectures, Talks, Panels, Readings (Since 1995)

Reading and discussion, "Catholic Imagination Conference: The Future of the Catholic Literary Tradition," Loyola University, Chicago, with Fanny Howe and Anthony Domestico, September 20, 2019.

Reading, "The Paris Review Poets," 92nd Street Y, New York, April 29, 2019.

"A Celebration of Bettissima," talk on Betty Kray, Poets House, April 6, 2019.

Reading and discussion, "Contemporary American Poetry," Rutgers University, Newark, with Rachel Hadas, April 4, 2019.

"City of Beginnings," conversation with Robyn Creswell, 192 Books, New York, March 10, 2019.

Keynote Address, "Addressing Christian Social Ethics in Poetry," Annual Conference, Society of Christian Social Ethics, January 4, 2019.

Reading and discussion, Lawyerland, New York University, with John Freeman, November 5, 2018.

"Visions of Labor," reading, 28th Annual Bernard Firestone Memorial Labor Arts Program, Main Detroit Public Library, October 20, 2018.

"Heaven was Detroit," reading, Bookfest Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, October 19, 2018.

Reading and discussion, "Contemporary Arab-American Literature: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class," Annual North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University, October 19, 2018.

Reading and discussion, UD Jesuit High School, October 18, 2018.

Reading and discussion, Wayne State University, with M.L. Liebler, October 17, 2018.

Reading, Trinity Church, St. Paul's Chapel, 10th Anniversary Poetry Festival, April 22, 2018.  

Reading, Cornelia Street Cafe, with Harry Newman, March 29, 2018. 

Reading and discussion, Albertine Book Store, "Tales of Two Americas," with John Freeman, March 26, 2018. 

Reading and discussion, St. John's University School of Law, "Law and Literature, and Poetry," February 22, 2018.

Interview and Reading, Georgetown University, Faith and Culture Series, with Paul Elie, Febraury 1, 2018. 

Reading and discussion, WBAI-FM, Cat Radio Cafe, with Janet Coleman, December 18, 2017.

Featured Writer, readngs and discussion, University of Florida Writers Festival, with Paul Muldoon and Rachel Cusk, November 3-4, 2017.

Reading, Cornelia Street Cafe, "Elegies of Revolution: The Poetry of Victor Serge," with Harry Newman, Edwin Frank, Luc Sante,Tom Sleigh, October 25, 2017.

Reading, KGB Bar, with Matthew Yeager and David Lehman, November 13, 2017.

Reading, University of Minnesota, October 13, 2017.

Reading and discussion, Twin Cities Book Festival, "Tales of Two Americas," with John Freeman and Claire Vaye Watkins, October 13, 2017.

Reading, McNally Jackson Book Store, with John Freeman, September 26, 2017.      

Reading and discussion, Barnes & Noble Book Store, "Tales of Two Americas," with Joyce Carol Oates and John Freeman, September 5, 2017.    

Reading and discussion, Freeman's #3: Home, with Barry Lopez,Kerri Arsenhault, Emily Rabateau, amnd John Freeman, Brooklyn, Greenlight Bookstore, May 2, 2017.   

Reading and discussion, Freeman's #3: Home, with Kerri Arsenhauolt, Greg Pardlo, and John freeman, New York City, McNally Jackson Bookstore, April 17,2017.

Reading and discussion, The Onassis Foundation Exhibition "A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700BC-200 AD," with John Freeman, April 6, 2017  

Reading, Talk, Classroom Visit, SUNY Purchase, Durst Distinguished Lecturer, March 16, 2016.

Reading and discussion, "Life and Freedom for Ashraf Fayadh," PEN America Center, Brooklyn Museum, January 14, 2016. 

Reading, Symposium Participant, "Creating a Lawyer-Self: Narrative and Metaphor in Poetry abnd Prose," Stanford Law School, Janaury 30, 2016.

Reading and discussion, Center For Fiction (New York City), Extraordinary Rendition: Ameican Writers on Palestine, December 4, 2015.

Reading, “Tales of Two Cities,” with John Freeman, Colum McCann, Dinaw Mengestu, Tea Obrecht, Mark Doty, and others, Housing Works Bookstore and Café, New Yo9rk City, October 13, 2014.

Reading, “’Come Share My Meal’: Poets from the Arabic Diaspora,” with Marilyn Nelson, Marilyn Hacker, Sinan Antoon, and Deema K. Shehabi, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, New York City, October 24, 2014.

Talk and Symposium Participant ,“Robert Hayden,” University of Michigan, Robert Hayden Centennial, October 2013. 

Reading and discussion, “Into It,” St. John’s University, April 2013.

Talk and discussion, “Lawyerland,” University of Toronto Law School, March 2013.

Talk and discussion, “Lawyerland,” Georgetown University Law Center, March 2013.

Reading, “Bach at One,” Trinity Church,  St. Paul’s Chapel, December 19, 2011.

Panel, talk and reading, “Diasporic Dialogues: Arab and Iranian American Poets,” City University of New York, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, November 14, 2011.

Featured Speaker, talk, reading and discussion, “The Game Changed,” Author’s Forum, University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, November 2, 2011.  

Reading, talk, and discussion, “Author’s Forum,” in conversation with Laurence Goldstein, introduced by Paul Courant, University of Michigan, November 2, 2011.

Panelist, “9/11 Writers Roundtable,” with Amitava Kumar, Anne Nelson, and Kamila Shamsie, St. John’s University (Manhattan Campus), September 21, 2011.

Reading, “Ten Years After September 11, 2011: Remembrance and Reconciliation Through Poetry, with Mark Doty, Marie House, Major Jackson, J. Chester Johnson, Cornelius Eady, and Martha Rhodes, sponsored by Poets House, Trinity Church Wall Street, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Trinity Church, September 10, 2011.

Reading, Granta’s “Ten Years Later Brooklyn Launch,” with Phil Klay, Nicole Krauss, Jynne Martin, and John Freeman, Book Court, September 9, 2011.

Reading, Granta’s “Ten Years Later Manhattan Launch,” with Phil Klay, Jynee Martin, and John Freeman, McNally Jackson Book Store, September 8, 2011.

Panelist, “Islamophobia: The Media and Echoes of 9/11,” with Todd Gitlin, Alia Malek, and John Freeman, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, September 7, 2011.

Poetry Reading, “The Next Hour,” WBAI/NY 99.5 FM, Aug. 14, 2011.

“Some Thoughts on Scholarship Involving Law and Language,” Georgetown University Law Center, The Spring Scholarship Luncheon, guest speaker, April 26, 2011.

“The Future of Labor,” St. John’s University School of Law, Theology of Work and the Dignity of Workers Conference, Plenary Panel, March 18, 2011.

Into It, St. John’s University, Dept. of English, Poetry Reading and discussion, November 15, 2010.

Conversation with Syrian poet Adonis, University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities and University of Michigan University Library, “Author’s Forum,” Introduction and Interview, Oct. 14, 2010.

Poetry Forum, The New School University, Reading and discussion moderated by David Lehman, November 19, 2010.

Panelist, Poets House, “A Mirror for the Twentieth Century,” An Evening with the Poet Adonis, November 1, 2010.

“Unyieldingly Present,” Reading, “September 11 Community Remembrance,” Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center, New York City, September 11, 2010.

Reading and discussion, “Being in the Language of Poetry and Law: A Poetry Reading by Lawrence Joseph, St. John’s University Department of English, March 29, 2010.

Panelist, “Issues of Race in the Age of Obama,” St. John’s University School of Law, “Celebrating the 49th Anniversary of Ronald H. Brown’s Graduation from St. John’s Law School, November 13, 2009.

“Being in the Language of Poetry, Being in the Language of Law,” Colin Ruagh Thomas O’Fallon Memorial Lecture in Art and American Culture, University of Oregon School of Law, April 16, 2009.

Television interview, University of Oregon Humanities Center, UO Today, April 16, 2009.

Poetry reading, University of Oregon, April 17, 2009.

“Looking at Wallace Stevens As a Lawyer,” talk presented from written text, Associated Writers Programs annual conference, February 12, 2009, Chicago.

“Wallace Stevens’s ‘Not Ideas About the Thing But the Thing Itself,’” Poem Talk, January 2009.

Poetry Reading, WBAI, “The Next Hour” (Pacifica Radio), October 19, 2008.

“A Catholic Writer’s Childhood,” talk presented from written text, Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, December 9, 2008, New York City.

“Close Readings,” interview with Charles Bernstein and poetry reading, Penn Sound, September 2008.

Poetry reading, H. P. Garcia Gallery, New York City, June 18, 2008.

Poetry Reading, Cornelia Street Café (with Jean Valentine), Oct. 10, 2008.

Poetry Reading, Cornelia Street Café (with Jonathan Goodman), March 16, 2008.

Talk, “On Catholic Hope,” Take Heart: Catholic Writers on Hope, co-sponsored by Fordham’s Center on Religion and Culture and Boston College’s Center on the Church in the 21st Century, March 11, 2008.

Talk, “Notions of Poetry and Narration,” Symposium on Law and Literature: Narration on the Poetry of Lawrence Joseph, University of Cincinnati College of Law, February 29, 2008 (from prepared text).

Interview with Antonio Monda, author of Do You Believe: Conversations on God and Religion (Viking 2007), Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Wagner Hall, February 20, 2008, New York City.

Poetry Reading, Housing Works (sponsored by The Writers’ Studio), February 7, 2008, New York City.

Talk, “Arab American Writings About War,” Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference, January 31, 2008, New York City (from prepared text).

“Joyce Carol Oates in Conversations with Poet Lawrence Joseph,” National Book Critics Circle “Critical Mass” event on The Journal of Joyce Carole Oates: 1973 – 1982 (Harper Collins/Ecco 2007), introduced by John Freeman, January 15, 2008, New York City.

Poetry reading, Cornelia Street Café (with Hugh Seidman, Bill Zavatsky and Angelo Verga, December 16, 2007.

Lecture, “Does Law Get to the Bottom of Things,” Cambridge: The Humanities,sponsored by University of Cambridge/Cambridge in America, CUNY Graduate Center, December 1, 2007.

Poetry reading, Cornelia Street Café (with Jean Valentine), October 10, 2008.

Poetry reading, "Lubnan: A Literary Reading," Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, The Graduate Center, City University of New York December 8, 2007 (with Miriam Said, Etel Adnan, and Patricia Sarafian Ward) (followed by discussion).

Poetry reading, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City, March 25, 2007 (with Marie Ponsot and Marilyn Hacker).

Talk, "The Poet and Lawyer: The Example of Wallace Stevens," The Eleventh Annual Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash, sponsored by The Hartford Friends of Wallace Stevens, Hartford Public Library, October 7, 2006 (from prepared text, followed by panel discussion).

Poetry reading, “A Year in Literature Festival,“ Magdalene College, Cambridge University, June 10, 2006 (with Michael Hofmann).

Talk and reading, New York County Lawyers Association, April 2006, upon receiving the NYCLA Law and Literature Award (followed by discussion).

Reading from Voices from Chernobyl: the Oral History of Nuclear Disaster, by Svetlan Alexievitch (translated by Keith Gessen), PEN World Voices Festival, Housing Works Used Books Café (New York City), April 26, 2006 (co-sponsored by the National Book Critics Circle, with Philip Gourevitch, Gary Shteyngart, Ken Kalfus, Julie Otsuka, Jim Shepard, Martha Cooley, Tom Bissell, and Lynne Tillman) (introduced by John Freeman). Poetry reading, University of Michigan, Dearborn, April 20, 2006 (introduced by Sidney M. Bolkosky).

Poetry reading and discussion, WFMU-FM (91.1, Jersey City), “The Speakeasy,” April 17, 2006 (hosted by Dorian Devine).

Poetry reading and discussion, Department of English, St. John’s University, April 11, 2006 (introduced by John Lowney).

Poetry reading and discussion, Visiting Writer, Lowell Humanities Series, Boston College, March 30, 2006 (introduced by Paul Mariani).

“Readings from the Poetry of Nonviolence,” The Catholic Worker (New York City), March 24, 2006 (readings from work by Etel Adnan, Daniel Berrigan and Thomas Merton).

Poetry reading, St. John’s University School of Law, March 22, 2006, sponsored by the Student Bar Association.

Poetry reading and discussion, WBAI-FM (99.5, Pacifica Radio, New York City), “Tahrir,” March 7, 2006 (hosted by Barbara Nimri Azziz).

Poetry reading, KGB Bar (New York City), with Jennifer Michael Hecht, hosted by Deborah Landau and Matthew Zapruder, March 6, 2006 (introduced by Matthew Zapruder).

Poetry reading and discussion, Visiting Writer, Marymount Manhattan College, February 23, 2006.

Poetry reading and discussion, “Contemporary Poetry: Conversations with Poets” Series, Adelphi University, February 14, 2006 (introduced by Judy Baumel).

Reading and discussion, Lawyerland, Visiting Scholar Faculty Luncheon, Villanova University School of Law, February 9, 2006.

Poetry reading and discussion, Eighth Annual Literary Festival, Villanova University, February 9, 2006 (introduced by Lisa Sewell and Vincent Sherry).

Poetry reading, The Writers’ House, University of Pennsylvania, February 8, 2006 (introduced by Gregory Djanikian) (reading recorded and available through PENNsound).

Poetry reading, Ziryab Series for Arab-American Writers, hosted by Nada Taib, Cornelia Street Café (New York City). February 4, 2006 (with Veronica Golos).

Poetry reading and discussion, “If This Be Treason,” WSUB-FM (90.1, Long Island), December 7, 2005 (hosted by Chris Sorochin).

Poetry reading and discussion, Alwan for the Arts (New York City), December 6, 2005 (co-sponsored by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, Graduate Center, City University of New York) (introduced by Anny Bakalian).

Poetry reading and discussion, WBAI-FM (99.5, Pacifica Radio, New York City), “The Next Hour,“ December 4, 2005 (hosted by Janet Coleman, with D. Nurske and Hugh Seidman).

Poetry reading, Cornelia Street Café, November 22, 2005 (with D. Nurske, Hugh Seidman and Angelo Verga).

Poetry reading and discussion, “Special Program Series,” South Street Seaport and Museum (New York City), November 10, 2005 (followed by discussion).

Poetry reading and discussion, Chicago Humanities Festival, Art Institute of Chicago, with Stuart Dybek, November 5, 2005 (co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation) (followed by discussion).

Poetry reading and discussion, Left of Center Book Store (Chicago), November 3, 2005 (introduced by Danny Postel) (followed by discussion).

Poetry reading and discussion, Master Poet Class, Marygrove College, with students and teachers from Detroit Public Schools, October 21, 2005 (followed by discussion).

Poetry reading, The Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Studies and English and Modern Languages Department, “’So Man Selves’: The Poetry of Lawrence Joseph” (a “Defining Detroit” event), October 20, 2005 (introduced by Frank Rashid).

Poetry reading, Visiting Writers Series, University of Michigan, October 19, 2005 (introduced by Khaled Muttawa).

Poetry reading, St. John’s University School of Law, The Sky Club (New York City), October 6, 2005 (introduced by Eugene Orza).

Poetry reading, Poets House, September 30, 2005.

Poetry reading and discussion, Strand Book Store, September 15, 2005 (followed by discussion).

Poetry reading, RAWI conference, Hunter College, New York City, May 6, 2005.

Talk, "A Tribute to Amy Bartlett," talk, Poets House, New York City, April 23, 2005.

Poetry reading, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City, April 17, 2005 (with Jonathan-Galassi and Marie Ponsot).  
Poetry reading, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City, December 4, 2004 (with Khaled Muttawa) .

Poetry reading, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York City, November 28, 2004 (with Jason Shinder) .

Talk, "Joyce Carol Oates," introduction to a reading by Joyce Carol Oates, Tisch Center for the Arts/Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, New York City, November 15, 2004.

Talk, "Playing with Time," presentation, Chicago Humanities Festival, November 12, 2004.
Lecture, "Lives of Lawyers: Lawyerland," Northwestern University School of Law, November 11, 2004.

Lecture, "Arab-Americans and the Meaning of Race," Wayne State University College of Law, February 19, 2004.

Lecture, "Law and Literature in Lawyerland," Fifteenth Anniversary Law and Literature Lecture, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, October 16, 2003.

Poetry reading, Lafayette College, April 29, 2003.

Poetry reading, People's Poetry Gathering (sponsored by City Lore and Poets House), Cooper Union, New York City, April 13, 2003 (with Mark Doty).

Poetry reading, South Street Seaport Museum, New York City, April 2, 2003.

Poetry reading, KGB Bar, New York City, March 17, 2003 (reading in celebratation of New York Poems).

Lecture, "Lawyerland, New York University visiting writer ("Law and Literature" class at New York University Law School) (co-taught by Dean Stephen Gillers and Dean Catharine Stimpson) .

Poetry reading, "Arab-American Poets," Modern Language Association Annual Conference, New York City, December 29, 2002.

Talk, "The Declogue: An Anthropological Critique, " presentation, Association of Law, Culture and the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania Law School, March 7, 2002.

Talk, "Lawyerland," "The Lawyerland Symposium," Columbia University School of Law, February 8, 2002 (co-sponsored by the Columbia Law Review and Columbia University School of Law).

Lecture, "The Narratives of Risk," lecture, University of Pennsylvania Law School, January 23, 2002.

Talk, "Evolving Theories of Interpretation: Personal Histories," presentation, at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference, New Orleans, January 3, 2002.

Talk, "Thoughts on Chicago," presentation, Chicago Humanities Festival, November 8, 2001.

Poetry reading, "The Poetry of Arab New York," Museum of the City of New York, November 18, 2001.

Talk, "The Subject and Object of Law," presentation, "Cognitive Legal Studies Conference," Brooklyn Law School, October 26, 2001.

Poetry reading, "Words To Comfort: Poetry Reading To Benefit the World Trade Center Relief Fund," The New School, Tishman Auditorium, New York City, October 17, 2001 (with Richard Price, Lou Reed, Claire Danes, Oscar Hijuelos, and others).

Lecture, “Lawyerland,” St. Thomas University School of Law, Distinguished Speaker Series, April 5, 2001.

Poetry reading, Marygrove College, "Defining Detroit on Detroit's Tricentennial (1701-2001): Influential Artists and Academics Intellectually Engaged by the Idea of Detroit," March 18, 2001.

Lecture, “Lawyerland,” Brooklyn Law School, March 6, 2001 (“Law and Literature" class, Professor Stephen L. Winter).

Poetry reading and readings from Lawyerland, University of Pennsylvania Law School, February 28, 2001.

Talk, "Some Thoughts on Cognition, Metaphor and Law," presentation, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, San Francisco, January 4, 2001.

Talk, "Yehuda Amichai," presentation, Hebrew Union College, New York City, November 29, 2000.

Talk, "Life in Lawyerland," Chicago Humanities Festival, November 9, 2000 (with Scott Turow) .

Talk, "The Language of Poetry, the Language of Law," presentation, Law, Culture and Humanities Conference, Georgetown University Law Center, March 9, 2000.

Talk, “Faith and Reason,” The Catholic Worker, New York City, September 14, 1999.

Lecture, "Law and Literature in Lawyerland," University of Michigan, Department of English, March 30, 1999.

Lecture, "Lawyerland," University of Michigan Law School, March 29, 1999.

Talk, "Lawyerland," Law, Culture and the Humanities Conference, Wake University School of Law, March 12, 1999.

Talk, "Kronman's 'Rhetoric,'" presentation, University of Cincinnati Law School, February 23, 1999.

"Lawyerland, " reading and talk, The New School, November 19, 1998.

"Lawyerland," talk, Credit Suisse-First Boston, Legal  Department Luncheon, New York City, November 10, 1998.

“A Reading and Conversation with Yehuda Amichai,” poetry reading and presentation, Baruch College, October 29, 1998.

Poetry reading, University of Oregon, October 9, 1998.

"Lawyerland as Literature," lecture, University of Oregon Department of English, October 9, 1998.

"Lawyerland," lecture, University of Oregon Law School, October 8, 1998.

Lawyerland," lecture, Brooklyn Law School Faculty Luncheon, September 25, 1998.

"Poetry in Public Places: Poetry and the Fall," reading poems by Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, Poetry Society of America and the City of New York Parks & Recreation, Central Park, September 23, 1998.

The Communion of Saints," talk, The Catholic Worker, New York City, September 18, 1998.

"Lawyerland," presentation, Law, Culture and Humanities Conference, Georgetown University Law Center, March 1998.

"Lawyerland," presentation, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Legal Writing Section Program, January 9, 1998.

"Lawyerland," talk, Credit Suisse-First Boston, Legal Department Luncheon, New York City., December 9, 1997.

"Lawyerland, " reading and talk, Stanford Law School, October 8, 1997.

"Lawyerland," reading and talk, Harvard University Law School, September 25, 1997.

"Lawyerland," reading and talk, Boston University Law School, September 24, 1997.

"Lawyerland, " reading and talk, Boston College Law School, September 23, 1997.

"Lawyerland," reading and talk, University of Michigan Law School, September 18, 19, 1997.

"Lawyerland," reading and talk, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, September 17, 1997.

"Lawyerland," reading and talk, Columbia University Law School, September 11, 1997.

Poetry reading, DIA Center for the Arts, "Readings in Contemporary Poetry" Series, New York City, March 7, 1997 (with Susan Stewart) .

Poetry reading, University of Florida, February 27, 1997.

Poetry reading, Loyola University, Baltimore, January 3, 1997.

"Law and Literature: The Language of Judging and the Language of Lawyering, " presentation, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, May 1996.

Poetry reading, University of Michigan, March 14, 1996.

Poetry reading, Detroit Institute of Arts (Kahlil Gibran Centennial Concert and Poetry Reading), November 3, 1995.

"Reflections on Law and Literature," lecture, Shumiatcher Lecture in Law and Literature, University of Saskatchewan College of Law, October 1995.

Poetry reading, Detroit Institute of Arts, July 9, 1995.

Poetry reading, "Mahrajan Al Fan: A Day of Arab World Culture," Brooklyn Museum, June 1995.

Poetry reading, Jane's Cafe, New York City, May 14, 1995.

Poetry Reading, "Exoterica," An Beal Bocht Cafe, The Bronx, April 25, 1995.

Poetry reading, Ceres Gallery, New York City, April 7, 1995 (with Susan Wheeler).

"Law and Literature," presentation, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, April 1995.

"Lawyer As Writer," presentation, Jan. 1995. New York County Lawyers’ Association, January 1995.

Articles, Essays and Reviews of the Work by Others (Selected)

Rachel Hadas, "So Where Are We?", The Hopkins Review, Summer 2018.

Paul Mariani, "So Where Are We?", Presence, 2018.

Norman Finklestein, "Lawrence Joseph's Credo," review, So Where Are We? Jacket 2, March 2018.

"Lawrence Joseph's Credo," by Norman Finkelstein, essay on So Where Are We?, Jacket 2, March 2018.

"Overwhelming Surfeit," by Declan Ryan, review of So Where Are We?The Times Literary Supplement, Janaury 9, 2018.

"Nota Benes: So Where Are We?", World Literature Today, January 2018.

"Top Books of 2017, Poetry: So Where Are We?, by Anthony Domestico, Commonweal, December 30, 2017 

"So Where Are We?", by Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, Mother Jones, December 29, 2017.

"The Best Poetry of 2017," by David Orr, The New York Times Book Review, December 22, 2017.

"So Where Are We?", by John Freeman, BOMB, December 14, 2017.

"Living in the Towers' Shadow," by David Skeel, review of So Where Are We?, The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2017. 

"Must Read Poetry: So Where Are We?, by Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions, August 7, 2017.

"Books to Read: So Where Are We?", by John Freeman, The Literary Hub, August 1, 2017. 

"Poetry Feature," by John Hennessey, review of  So Where Are We?", The Common, July 28, 2017. 

""So Where Are We?" by Raul Nino, Booklist, July 2017.

"So Where Are We?" by C. Diane Sharpner, Library Journal, July 2017.

"So Where Are We?", Publishers Weekly, July 17, 2017. 

“Reading Poets,” by Joseph P. Tomain, essay on The Game Changed: Essays and Other ProseSt. John’s Law Review, Vol. 87.

Latest Readings (Yale Uiviersy Press, 2015), by Clive James (discussion of my poetry).

"An Heir to Both Stevens and Pound," by Anthony Domestico, Commonweal, Octobe 20, 2015.  

 Swallowing the Sea: On Writing (Tupelo Press, 2012), by Lee Upton (chapter on my poetry and Don DeLillo’s prose).

“The Bard of New Jack City: The Poet Lawrence Joseph’s Brilliant Record of Detroit,” by Michael H. Miller, New York Observer, October 3, 2011.

“Law and Literature Symposium: Some Sort of Chronicler I Am: Narration and the Poetry of Lawrence Joseph,” Cincinnati Law Review, Volume 77, pp. 780-968: Joseph P. Tomain, “Narrating Justice”; Lee Upton, “Embedded Chronicles: Lawrence Joseph’s Poetry of Urgency”; Eric Murphy Selinger, “Several Kinds Chroniclers, He’s Been: The Books and Selves of Lawrence Joseph”; John Lowney, “‘Why Not Say What Happens’: Modernism, Traumatic Memory, and Lawrence Joseph’s Into It”; Lisa M. Steinman, “‘Telling the Time’: Narrative and Lyric in the Poetry of Lawrence Joseph”; Frank D. Rashid, “Lawrence Joseph’s Detroit: ‘The Shifting Story’”; Thomas DePietro, “I to Eye: Self and Society in the Poetry of Lawrence Joseph”; David A. Skeel, Jr., “Lawrence Joseph and Law and Literature.”

Frank D. Rashid, “Transparent Eye, Voice Howling Within: Codes of Violence in Lawrence Joseph’s Poetry,” PMLA, Volume 123, No. 5, October 2088, pp. 1611-1620 (Journal of the Modern Language Association of America).

Bill McGraw, “Writer Keeps Memories of Old Store Alive,” Detroit Free Press, October 13, 2008.

Judith Gabriel, “The Two New Poetry Volumes by Arab Americans: Inner Voices in the Shadow of the Twin Towers,” essay review of Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973–1993, “Aljadid: A Review & Record of Arab Culture and Arts,” Volume 11, No. 52 (2007).

Hayan Charara, “Introduction,” in Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry (discussion of poetry) (2007).

David Wojahn, "Maggie's Farm No More: The Fate of Political Poetry," The Writer's Chronicle, May/Summer 2007.

"Into It," Image Update,  April 21, 2007.

David Williams, "This Hyphen Called My Spinal Cord: Arab-American Literature at the Beginning of the 21st Century," World Literature Today, January/February 2007.

Fred Muratori, "Self and the City: Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993," September/October 2006.

Michael True, "The Limits of Language: Into It," Commonweal, September 22, 2006.

Lisa M. Steinman, “So What is Poetry Good For?: Into It,” Michigan Quarterly Review, Summer 2006.

Thomas DePietro, “Lawrence Joseph (1948-),” in Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006).

Regan Upshaw, “Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993 and Into It,” The Bloomsbury Review, March/April 2006.

Michael Stanford, “The Cyclopean Eye, the Courtly Game, Admissions Against Interest: Five Modern American Lawyer Poets,“ The Legal Studies Forum, vol. XXX, nos. 1 & 2, 2006.

“Editors Choice: Into It,” The Griffin: The Reader’s Subscription (Doubleday Select Book Club), Winter 2006

Michael Joseph Gross, “Mr. Mudd’s Ride (in India Land),” New York Times, March 5, 2006.

“Graduates’ Books Focus on Many Subjects,” Law Quadrangle Notes (University of Michigan Law School), Winter/Spring 2006.

Nicholas Gilewicz, “Into It,”, February 2006.

“Law and Literature Committee to Present Professor Lawrence Joseph with Award,” New York County Lawyer, January/February 2006).

Paul Mariani, “History and Language” (Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993), America, January 30, 2006.

Tim Kindseth, “Into It,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 25, 2005.

“Books of the Year: Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993 and Into It), Times Literary Supplement, December 5, 2005 (chosen by Joyce Carol Oates).

Christian Sterling, “Poetry on the 56th Floor,” The Forum (St.John’s University School of Law), November 2005.

Daniel J. Kornstein, “Lawyer’s Bookshelf” (Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993), New York Law Journal, October 21, 2005.

Bill McGraw, “Bill McGraw Journal,” “Well Versed in Detroit Images,” Detroit Free Press, October 20, 2005.

“Editor’s Choice: Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993,” New York Times Book Review, October 2, 2005.

Phoebe Pettingill, “On Poetry: Shards of Meaning,“ The New Leader, September/October 2005.

Frank Rashid, “Joseph’s Food Market,” Detroit Literary Map, Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Legal Studies,, (Fall 2005).

David Skeel, “Point-Blank Verse,” Legal Affairs, September/October 2005.

David Kirby, “The Double,” (Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993 and Into It), New York Times Book Review, September 25, 2005.

Janet St. John, “Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993” and “Into It,” Booklist, September 2005.

“In a Mood” and “In It, Into It, Inside It, Down In,” Michigan Today News-e  (University of Michigan News Service) (audio link), September 2005.

Allan M. Jalon, “Poet Reproaches Today’s ‘Times of Killing’” (Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993), San Francisco Chronicle, August 28, 2005.

"Into It," Publishers Weekly, July 2005.

“Poet-Lawyer,” Alumni @ Shearman, vol. IV, issue 1, Spring 2004.

Nicole LaPorte, "Mr. Mudd Travels to Lawyerland,”, March 8, 2004.

Andrew Krivak, “The Language of Redemption: The Catholic Poets: Adam Zagajewski, Marie Ponsot, and Lawrence Joseph," Commonweal, May 9, 2003.

Philip N. Meyer, "The Darkness Visible: Litigation Stories & Lawrence Joseph's Lawyerland," 53 Syracuse Law Review 1311 (2003).

Dinitia Smith, "The Arab-American Writers: Uneasy in Two Worlds," New York Times, February 19, 2003.

Chris Hedges, "A Poet's Victory of Love Over Evil," International Herald Tribune, April 10, 2002.

Chris Hedges, "Love Conquers Evil: Poetry Is About the Timetable," New York Times, April 2, 2002.

“The Lawyerland Essays": Pierre Schlag, "The Lawyerland Essays: Introduction"; Pierre Schlag, "Jurisprudence Noire"; Sarah Krakoff, "Does 'Law and Literature' Survive Lawyerland"; David A. Skeel, Jr., "The Lawyer as Confidence-Man"; David Luban, "The Art of Honesty"; Robin West, "Joseph in Lawyerland"; Robert Weisberg, "Civic Oratory in Lawyerland"; Lawrence Joseph, "Working Rules for Lawyerland," 101 Columbia Law Review 1730-96 (2001).

“Lawyerland” (panel discussion of book), Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2000.

Lisa Suhair Majaj, "Arab-Americans and the Meanings of Race," in Postcolonial Theory and the United States: Race, Ethnicity, and Literature (University of Mississippi Press, 2000).

Josh Rogers, "The Exotic World of Downtown's Lawyers Becomes a Book," Downtown Express: The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan, December 2-December 15, 1998.

Steven T. Taylor, "New Book Explores Profession’s Darker Consciousness," Of Counsel, Fall 1998.

Ricard Brust, "Spicy Treats For Summer: Lawyerland," ABA Journal, July 1998.

Rob Long, "Bar None," The Weekly Standard, July 21, 1997.

Robert Kurson, “Touring Lawyerland,” Chicago Sun-Times, July 14, 1997.

"Lawyerland," The National Law Journal, July 14, 1997.

Vincent E. Doyle, "Lawyerland," Buffalo News, July 13, 1997.

Steven Richman, "First Thing We Do, Let's Hear Out All the Lawyers," Trenton Sunday Times, July 6, 1997.

Ruth Coughlin, "Lawyers Confess Their Conscience," Hour Detroit, September 1997.

Vijay Seshadri, "Law Talk: Revealing a Profession's Private Language," The New Yorker, July 14, 1997.

John Woodford, "Lawyerland," Michigan Today, The University of Michigan, Summer 1997.

Jeffrey Ghannam,"Lawyers Leave Little Unsaid in Discussions on the Law," TheDetroit Free Press, June 18, 1997.

Garry Abrams, "Chronicling the Angst of Attorneys in Lawyerland," Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 17, 1997.

Susan Orenstein, “Now Entering Lawyerland,” The New York Observer, June 16, 1997.

Jill Laurie-Goldman, "The Trouble With Lawyers--Oh, Let Them Tell You," The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 8, 1997.

Elaine R. Freidman, “The Lawyer’s Bookshelf: Lawyerland,” New York Law Journal, June 3, 1997.

Phillip Lopate, "Court and Spark," Esquire, June 1997.

Thorn Powers, "Elevating the Bar," San Francisco Guardian Literary Supplement, June 1997.

Christopher Lehman-Haupt, "Tort and Retort: Lawyers v. Lawyers," New York Times, May 29, 1997.

Jim Dulzo, "Rappin' Legalese," Detroit Metro Times Literary Supplement, May 26-June 3, 1997.

Richard Weisberg, “Heard at the Bar,” New York Daily News, May 18, 1997.

Paul Gillan, "Lawyerland," Book Page, May 1997.

Andrew Lee, "The Best of this Month’s Books: Lawyerland,” Manhattan File, May 1997.

Patrick Petit, "Lawyerland: An Unguarded, Street-Level Look at Lawyers Today," Library Journal, April 1, 1997.

"Lawyerland," Publishers Weekly, March 3, 1997.

"Lawyerland," Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 1997.  
Roger Gilbert, “New Poetry and Modern History,” Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 1995.

Leslie Ullman, “The Heart’s Difficult Speech,” The Kenyon Review, vol. XVII, no. 1 Winter 1995.
Sally Slaughter, "Poet Describes His Life as an Arab-American," Dearborn Press, November 3, 1994.

Judith Kitchen, "Inner Worlds," The Georgia Review, Fall 1994.

Kenneth Warren, “Morality of August,” American Book Review, August-September 1994.

David Yezzi, "A Morality of Seeing," Parnassus: Poetry in Review, vol. 19, no.2, Fall 1994.

Lee Upton, “Before Our Eyes,” Northwest Review, Spring 1994.
Reagan Upshaw, "Before Our Eyes," Multicultural Review, vol. 3, no.2, June 1994.
David A. Skeel, Jr., "Practicing Poetry, Teaching Law," 92 Michigan Law Review1754 (1994).
Elizabeth Cohen, "Man of the Law, Man of Letters as Well," New York Times, April 1, 1994.

Albert Mobilio, "Before Our Eyes," Voice Literary Supplement, April 1994.

Laurie Greer, "Before Our Eyes," Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 1994.

Nancy Schoenberger, "Before Our Eyes," Verse, Winter 1994.
Toni Shears, "Imagining Reality," Law Quadrangle Notes, University of Michigan Law School, Spring 1994.

Margie Druss, "Mixing Education and 'Impellation'" The National Law Journal, December 20, 1993.
Matthew Goldstein, "Law Professor Has the Heart of a Poet," New York Law Journal, November 17, 1993.
Bob Hoover, "Writer Sees Link Between Poetry, Law," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 2, 1993.

"Before Our Eyes," Chronicle of Higher Education: Hot Type column, October 13, 1993.

Donna Seaman, "Before Our Eyes," Booklist, September 1993.
"Before Our Eyes," Publishers Weekly (starred), June 7, 1993.
Richard Tillinghast, "Lawrence Joseph: Poet/Lawyer," Michigan Today, Dec. 1989.
Lee Upton, "As Memory Serves Them: Joseph and Revell," Northwest Review, vol. 27, no.2, Summer 1989.
Henry Hart, "Five Poets in Search of a Zeitgeist," Michigan Ouarterly Review, Summer 1989.
Edward Morin, "The Best Poetry of 1988," Detroit News, December 4, 1988.
Lisa Failer, “Curriculum Vitae," Michigan Alumnus, December 1988.

Paul McDonough, "Half Detroit," American Book Review, November¬December 1988.

Matthew Flamm, "Upscale Tale," The Village Voice, November 29, 1988.

Michael Wurster, “Poetry Texts to Appeal to Varied Tastes,” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, November 26, 1988.

Michael Dennis  Browne, “From What Makes Sense,” Hungry Mind Review, Fall 1988.

Stewart Klawans, “Curriculum Vitae,” “Fresh Air,” National Public Radio, October 26, 1988.
Samuel Hazo, "Poet Magnificently Expresses Human Sorrow and Hope," The Pittsburgh Press, September 25, 1988.
Leonard Kniffel, "Poet Stirs Bittersweet Detroit Memories," Detroit Free Press, September 25, 1988.
Jack Zucker, "Memories of Detroit and Family Fill Poet's Work," Observer-Eccentric Newspapers, September 22, 1988.
David Lehman, "Their Craft or Sullen Art," Washington Post Book World, August 28, 1988.

Curriculum Vitae,” Booklist, May 1, 1988.

David Lehman, “The Practical Side of Poetry,” Newsweek, September 22, 1986.
Laurence Goldstein, "The Image of Detroit in Twentieth Century Poetry," Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 1986.

Daralyn Brewer, “The Poet as Lawyer,” Coda, November/December 1985.

Richard Daniels, “Shouting at No One,” The Minnesota Review, 1985.

Richard Tillinghast, “Shouting at No One," Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 1984.

Michelle Belaskie, “Urban Poet,” The Daily Tribune, May 16, 1984.

Ripley Hotch, "Short Lyrics Are Long On Intensity," Detroit Free Press, April 22, 1984.

Leslie Bennett, “Joseph Makes His Case for Poetry," The Pitt News, March 1984.

Bill Brown, “Return of the Native,” Ann Arbor News, March 23, 1984.

James Finn Cotter, “Poetry Encounters,” The Hudson Review, Winter 1983-84.

David Lehman, “The Exceptional Poets of 1983,” Newsday, December 18, 1983.

David Lehman, “Poets of 1983,” Philadelphia Inquirer, December 18, 1983.

Edward Morin, “The 10 Most Notable Books of ’83: Poetry,” Detroit News, December 4, 1983.

Paul Magnuson, “Looking Homeward: A Poet’s Tough Strong Words About Decay and Redemption in Detroit,” Detroit Free Press, May 8, 1983.

Ottone Riccio, “Out of the Past,” The New Renaissance, Fall 1983.

Patricia Sharpe, “Law and Literature: Alumnus Wins National Poetry Contest,” Law Quadrangle Notes, University of Michigan Law School, Spring 1983.

Karen Gray Miller, “Shouting at No One,” Library Journal, March 15, 1983.

Joseph Parisi, “Shouting at No One,” Booklist, March 1, 1983.

Awards, Fellowships, Grants

Acquisition of literary, professional, and personal papers by the University of Michigan, the archive to be housed as a Special Collection in the University of Michigan in the University of Michigan's Hatcher Library.

Law and Literature Award, New York County Lawyers’ Association, April 2006 prior recipients are Louis Auchincloss and Louis Begley).

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2000.

National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 1995.

Arts America Participant, Arts America Program, U.S. Information Agency, Jordan, Israel and Egypt, May, June 1989.

New York State Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 1985

National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 1984.

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize (for Shouting at No One), 1982.

United States Department of Labor Administration Research Grant, 1980.

Michigan State Bar Foundation Research Grant, 1979.

Hopwood Award, University of Michigan, First Prize, Major for Poetry, 1970.

Other Professional Activities

MacNight Black Poet, Lafayette College, 2003.
Chairperson, Law and Interpretation Section of the Association of American Law Schools, 2001-2002.
Poets House, Board of Advisors (1987-1993), Board of Trustees, 1993-1998.

Hopwood Awards for Poetry, University of Michigan, Judge, 1993.

Terence des Pres Award, Parnassus Magazine, Judge, 1992, 1995.

The National Witers Vice, Program Committee, 1990-1996.
PEN American Center, New York City (Freedom to Write and Events Committees), 1989-1995.

Poetry Society of America, Board of Governors, 1988-1993.
The Glenden and Kathryn Swarthart Awards in Creative Writing, Arizona State University, Judge, 1988.

Stand Magazine, United Sattes Editor, 1982-1985 

Bar Association Memberships

Association of the Bar of the City of New York

American Bar Association