Janine Joseph

Watermark Books & Cafe will host poet Janine Joseph for an author talk and signing of Driving Without a License on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. 

"Janine Joseph writes with an open and easy intimacy. The language here is at once disruptive and familiar, political and sensual, and tinged by the melancholy of loss and the discomforting radiance of redemption. A strong debut." --Chris Abani

The best way to hide is in plain sight. In this politically-charged and candid debut, we follow the chronicles of an undocumented immigrant speaker over a twenty-year span as she grows up in the foreign and forbidding landscape of America.

From "Ivan, Always Hiding":

I strained for the socket
as you pulled me, 
my bare legs against your legs

in the windowless dark. The room, 
snuffed out,

could have been no
larger than a freight car, 
no smaller than a box van;

we couldn't tell anymore, the glints
in the shellacked floor, too,

were dulled. This is like death, you said, 
always joking. I slid my head
into the crook of your neck,

and didn't disagree.

Raised in the Philippines and California, Janine Joseph holds an MFA from New York University and a PhD from the University of Houston. Her poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review OnlineBest New PoetsHayden's Ferry Review, and elsewhere. Her libretto "From My Mother's Mother" was performed as part of the Houston Grand Opera's "Song of Houston: East + West" series. She is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University.


Event date: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
4701 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67218
Driving Without a License Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938584183
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Alice James Books - May 10th, 2016

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