Joseph Millar

JOSEPH MILLAR spent decades in a variety of distinctly non-literary jobs, working as everything from a telephone repair man to a commercial fisherman before returning to his first love: poetry.  Many of his poems sing of the very real pain endured by those who must use their bodies to earn a living; the deep, mostly silent satisfaction at completing an arduous task; and the pride in having put in a good day’s work.  But for Millar the nature of work is even more expansive: there is the work of trying to be a good son, husband, brother or parent; of facing down your fears and accepting your faults; of finding the courage to persevere in the face of failure; the work of loving.  Millar is the author of several poetry collections, including Blue Rust (2011), Fortune (2007), and Overtime (2001), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

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Conversation: A Life Together
Brian Barker, Nicky Beer, Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar
Chase Room 

Reading and Conversation
Dan Bellm, Joseph Millar, Patricia Smith
Victoria Theatre

Richard Blanco, Eavan Boland, Henri Cole, Sharon Dolin, Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jane Hirshfield, Fanny Howe, Kurtis Lamkin, Dorianne Laux, Ada Limón, Thomas Lux, Rachel McKibbens, Taylor Mali, Joseph Millar, Idra Novey, Gregory Orr, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Patricia Smith, Arthur Sze, Larissa Szporluk, Natasha Trethewey, C.K. Williams, Raúl Zurita
Prudential Hall


Festival Poet Readings
Nicky Beer, Eduardo C. Corral, Joseph Millar, Gregory Orr, Patricia Smith
Prudential Hall

Conversation: Finding Your Poetry
Jane Hirshfield, Rachel McKibbens, Joseph Millar, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Victoria Theatre


Conversation: Poetry and Working Life
Eavan Boland, Dorianne Laux, Philip Levine, Joseph Millar
Prudential Hall

Festival Poets Reading
Rachel McKibbens, Joseph Millar, John Murillo
Chase Room

Conversation: Where Poetry Matters
Nikky Finney, Joseph Millar, Idra Novey, Gregory Orr
First Peddie Baptist Memorial Church


Festival Poet Readings
Sharon Dolin, Terrance Hayes, Joseph Millar
Prudential Hall