Joseph Stroud

Joseph Stroud. Courtesy BOA Editions.

Joseph Stroud (born 1943) is an American poet and academic.[1]


Stroud was born in Glendale, California.[2]

He was educated at the University of San Francisco, California State University at Los Angeles, and San Francisco State University.[3]

He has published 5 collections of poetry, including Of This World: New and selected poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2008).[4]

He is retired from teaching at Cabrillo College.[3] He divides his time between his home in Santa Cruz, California, and a cabin in the Sierra Nevada.[2]


Varied in subject and form, Stroud’s poems include 6-line lyrics, narrative prose poems, odes, homages, sustained contemplations, suites, and brief epigrammatic offerings. However it is substance, whatever form it takes, that interests him.[5] His poetry articulates a voyage through places and times and voices, often sifting through the details of daily life, searching for miracles (“Inside the pear there’s a paradise we will never know, our only hint the sweetness of its taste.” - Comice, Below Cold Mountain).


Stroud's work earned a Pushcart Prize in 2000 and has been featured on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac. He was also a finalist for the Northern California Book Critics Award in 2005, and in 2006 was selected for a Witter Bynner Fellowship in poetry from the Library of Congress.[6]




Limited editionsEdit

  • Unzen. Berkeley, CA: Tangram, 2001.
  • Burning the Years. Berkeley, CA: Tangram, 2002.
  • Ukiyo-e: Snapshots of the floating world. Berkeley, CA: Tangram, 2007.
  • Night Psalms. Berkeley, CA: Tangram, 2009.
  • Kingdom Come. Berkeley, CA: Tangram, 2011.


Woman in Black, North Beach 1963, Late Night - Joseph Stroud - 1 10 2015

Woman in Black, North Beach 1963, Late Night - Joseph Stroud - 1 10 2015

Except where noted, bibliographical informtion courtesy WorldCat.[8]

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