In 1995, his poetry won the Montalvo Biennial Poetry Competition, placed second in the National Writer’s Union Competition judged by Philip Levine, and was selected by Carolyn Forche for honorable mention in the Jacaranda Review Poetry Contest. His poetry has been published in Prairie Schooner, DoubleTake, Manoa, Shenandoah, Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review, New Letters and Many Mountains Moving. His first book, Overtime, was published in 2001 by Eastern Washington University.
Joseph recently gave up his job as a telephone installation foreman to teach and now works for the Oregon Writer’s Workshop, the Oregon State Poetry Association, Mt. Hood Community College and the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.
He is at work on a full-length manuscript titled Dark Harvest, which was a finalist for the Carnegie Mellon Award and the National Poetry Series for a first book. His seminar, Poetry of The Workplace, will be available through Eastern Washington University’s Summer Writer’s Conference in Tacoma.