Research and Teaching Areas:
Creative Writing (poetry and essay), Immigration Studies, American Literature, Postcolonial Literature (Anglophone Caribbean Literature), American Empire, Trauma Studies,
Degrees and Years awarded:
Ph.D., Literature and Creative Writing
University of Houston, Houston, TX: 2013
Dissertation: Extended Stay, poems
Committee: Nick Flynn (Chair), Kevin Prufer, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Dr. David Mikics, and Dr. Jennifer Wingard
Master of Fine Arts in Poetry
New York University, New York, NY: 2007
Thesis: Human Archipelago, poems
Advisor: Sharon Olds
Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing (Minor: English)
University of California, Riverside, CA: 2005
Summa Cum Laude with Upper Division Honors
Associate in Arts
Riverside Community College, Riverside, CA: 2003
Phi Theta Kappa, with Greatest Distinction
English 4940: Writer's Workshop: Poetry and Lyric Essay
English 3260: Poetry Writing
English 2270: Intro to Poetry Writing
Best New Poets 2011. D.A. Powell, ed. Jazzy Danziger and Jeb Livingood, series eds. University of
Virginia Press: VA, 2011.
Here is a Pen: An Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets. Ching-In Chen, Margaret Rhee, and Debbie
Yee, eds. Achiote Press: Berkeley, CA, 2009.
“Driving without a license”
Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes. Ryan G. Van Cleave and Chad Prevost, eds. C & R Press:
Chattanooga, TN, 2009.
“Junkyarding through the great Moreno Valley”
Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California. Christopher Buckley and Gary Young, eds.
Greenhouse Review Press/Alcatraz Editions: Santa Cruz, CA, 2008.
“Second Lesson (Circle Inn)”
“Junkyarding through the great Moreno Valley”
“The Undocumented Immigrant Poem # 79”
Homage to Vallejo. Christopher Buckley, ed. Greenhouse Review Press: Santa Cruz, CA, 2006.
“From My Mother’s Mother.” Libretto commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera for the “Song
of Houston: East + West” series. Music composed by Jeeyoung Kim. 2012.
Painted Bride Quarterly “Shift” (Summer/Fall 2013))
Kenyon Review Online “Swarm” (Spring 2013)
“Leaving the non-profit immigration lawyer’s office” (Spring 2013)
la fovea “Assimilation” (Spring 2013)
“After the flood” (Spring 2013)
Asian American Literary Review “Exchanging vows” (Fall 2012)
Lantern Review “Comeuppance” (Winter 2012)
“Narrative” (Winter 2012)
Hayden’s Ferry Review (print and online) “Wreck” (Spring/Summer 2011)
Clementine “Break” (Summer 2009)
Third Coast “What after” (Fall 2008)
Calabash “The whole truth and nothing” (Summer/Fall 2008)
“Second lesson (Pressure position)”
Nimrod International Journal “Postcard” (Fall 2008)
Spoon River Poetry Review “Slow Machinery” (Summer 2008)
Salt Hill “Traveling on the I-698” (Spring 2007)
Shampoo (postcard project feature) “Except Jack…” (Fall 2007)
Park Slope Reader “Everything signed & filed” (Fall/Winter 2007)
Paterson Literary Review “Fourth Lesson (Pasalubong)” (Summer 2007)
Caribbean Writing Today (Featured) “Alabang, 198–” (Spring 2007)
“Where the stars are in California when you’re an illegal alien”
Askew “Drift” (Fall 2006)
Fugue “History” (Summer/Fall 2006)
Oberon “The Undocumented Immigrant Poem # 79” (Fall 2006)
“The Exemplary Poem and the Exemplary Life.” The Press at California State University Fresno &
Greenhouse Review Press: 2013.
Lantern Review: Process Profiles. Iris Law, ed. 19 May 2010.
“Process Profile: Janine Joseph Discusses ‘Postcard’”
Contributing Editor: Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art ( 2010 – Present)
Poetry Editor: Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts (2010 – 2013)
Reader: NPR’s Three-Minute Fiction Contest (2012)
Assistant Poetry Editor: Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts (2008 – 2010)
Layout & Design Editor and Poetry Staff: Washington Square Journal (2005 – 2008)
Brazos Bookstore/Academy of American Poets Prize Winners Reading Series (with Elizabeth
Lyons), Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX: Spring 2013.
Gulf Coast Reading Series (with Ed Porter and Kimberly Bruss), Rudyard’s, Houston, TX: Spring
Poison Pen Reading Series (Gulf Coast editors), Poison Girl Bar, Houston, TX: Fall 2012.
Poetry & Prose Reading Series (with Ed Porter and Will Donnelly), University of Houston M. D.
Anderson Library, Houston, TX: Fall 2012.
Poison Pen Reading Series (Gulf Coast editors), Poison Girl Bar, Houston, TX: Fall 2011.
Common Ground Teachers’ Institute Reading Series, University of Houston Honors College,
Houston, TX: Summer 2011.
Poison Pen Reading Series (Gulf Coast editors), Poison Girl Bar, Houston, TX: Fall 2010.
“Poets Corner,” Taping for the Blind, Houston, TX: Spring 2010.
Gulf Coast Reading Series (with Ian Stansel and Liz Countryman), Brazos Bookstore, Houston TX:
Poison Pen Reading Series (with Andrew Kozma and Joel Orr), Poison Girl Bar, Houston, TX: Fall
Pinecones: A Podcast of Young Poets, www.pineconespoetry.net: Episode 2.
Chin Music Reading Series (with Lorraine Doran and John Brehm), Pacific Standard, Brooklyn, NY:
MFA Graduate Reading, New York University, NY: Spring 2007.
Kundiman & Verlaine Reading Series (with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Zohra Saed), Verlaine, NY:
The Lovely Nowhere 6 (With Patrick Rosal, Lara Stapleton, R.A. Villanueva, and Paolo Javier), La
MaMa Theatre, NY: Summer 2007.
NYU Emerging Writers, Bowery Poetry Club, NY: Spring 2007.
Panel and Conference Presentations
“Publishing Panel.” Panelist, with Ed Porter, Joseph Scapellato, and Adam Peterson. Houston Indie
Book Festival, Houston: April 2013.
“From My Mother’s Mother.” Lecture on collaboration between composers and writers, with
Jeeyoung Kim. University of Houston Moores School of Music, Houston, Texas: Fall 2012.
“Extended Stay.” Invited Speaker. College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Advisory
Board Meeting. University of Houston, Houston, Texas: Spring 2012.
“Consumption: A Reading and Roundtable with Asian American Poets.” Reader and Panelist.
Association for Asian American Studies Conference, New Orleans: May 2011.
“We Were All Poets in the 3rd Grade: What Happened?” (Writers in the Schools Alliance). Panelist,
with Jane Creighton, Mary Rechner, Giuseppe Taurino, Jeanine Walker. AWP Conference,
Washington, D.C.: February 2011.
“The First Year Experience.” Speaker. Writers in the Schools Orientation, Houston, TX: Fall 2010.
“Kundiman: Love Songs and Leaps of Faith.” Reader and Panelist. AWP Conference, Denver, CO:
“7 and 7: 7 Poets Celebrate Kundiman's 7th Year as a Poetry Community.” Reader and Panelist.
Split This Rock Festival, Washington D.C.: Spring 2010.
Writing by Degrees: National Graduate Creative Writing Conference. Reader and Panelist.
Binghamton University, NY: Fall 2006.
Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation:
Class of 2013 Selection Panelist: Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation (2013)
University of Houston:
Poetry Genre Student Representative (2012 – 2013)
Graduate School Application Workshop Co-Coordinator (2013)
Center for Teaching Excellence Workshop Leader: “Facilitating Classroom Discussion”
Graduate English Society Co-President (2010 – 2011)
Lower Division Studies Committee (2010 – 2011)
Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest Judge (2010)
New York University Opportunity Programs:
New Program Website Content Writer (2008)
College Admissions Interviewer (2005 – 2008)
Tutorial Services Recruiter and Interviewer (2005 – 2007)
Freshman Writing Contest Coordinator (2005 – 2007)
Prose Writing I & II Website Maintenance (2005 – 2007)
Program Literature Designer (2005 – 2007)
Selected Honors and Awards
Finalist, Tupelo Press Dorset Prize (2013)
Finalist, Kundiman/Alice James Poetry Prize (2013)
Finalist, OSU/The Journal Award in Poetry (2013)
Inprint/Barthelme Memorial Fellowship in Poetry (2013)
Semi-Finalist, Crab Orchard Series in Poetry (2013)
Dissertation Completion Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (2012 – 2013)
Finalist, Alice James Books Beatrice Hawley Award (2012)
Semi-Finalist, University of Wisconsin Brittingham/Felix Pollak Prizes (2012)
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans (2009 – 2011)
Brazos Bookstore/Academy of American Poets Prize (judge: Laura Kasischke) (2010)
Michener Fellowship, University of Houston (2009 – 2010)
$10,000 Inprint Fellowship (2008)
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for Collaboration among the Arts at the University of Houston Fellowship (2008)
Teaching Fellowship, University of Houston (2008 – 2013)
Writing Fellow, Kundiman (2007 – Present)
Master Poetry Class with Jack Gilbert and Linda Gregg, 92nd St. Y Unterbeg Poetry Center (2007)
3rd Place, 5th Annual Poetry Contest, Fugue (judge: Campbell McGrath) (2006)
Finalist, Rumi Prize for Poetry, Arts & Letters (2006)
Steinhardt School of Culture, Communication, and Human Development Graduate Assistant Fellowship, New York University (2005 – 2007)
Creative Writing Fellowship, New York University (2005)
Starworks Foundation Fellowship, New York University (2005)