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Joseph Powell

Portrait of Joseph Powell

Department of English

Professor Emeritus

Curriculum Vitae | Awards & Publications

Joseph Powell grew up on a small farm in Ellensburg. He received his BA in English Literature from the University of Washington, an MA from Central Washington University, and a MFA from the University of Arizona. His first book of poems, Counting the Change, was selected by Ted Weiss to be published in the Quarterly Review of Literature; his second, Winter Insomnia, was published by Lex Runciman's Arrowood Books; his third, Getting Here, was also chosen by Weiss for the Quarterly Review of Literature. He has also co-written a book with Mark Halperin on meter in poetry: Accent On Meter: A Handbook for the Readers of Poetry, published by NCTE. He published a book of stories in 2007 called Fish Grooming & Other Stories from March Street Press and is currently working on a book of poems called Hard Earth." In his spare time, he enjoys flyfishing, gardening, gathering mushrooms and berries, playing ping-pong and tennis.


Curriculum Vitae


  • University of Arizona, MFA (Poetry), 1981
  • Central Washington University, MA, English Literature, 1978
  • University of Washington, BA, English Literature, 1975
  • Central Washington University, BA, Education, 1982


  • Central Washington University, English Dept., 1989-2014
  • Central Washington University, English Dept. (Adjunct), 1984-1989
  • Sequim High School, English Teacher, 1983-1984
  • Central Washington University, English Dept. (Adjunct), 1982-1983

Courses Taught

  • Poetry & Poetics * Composition
  • Modern Poetry * Intro. to Literature
  • Modern Greek Poetry (in Translation) * Advanced Composition
  • Contemporary American Poetry * Technical Writing
  • 20th Century Women Poets: Bishop, Rich, Kizer, Olds * Modern Poetry
  • World Literature II (1500-Present) * The Short Story
  • Senior Colloquium
  • Practical Application in Composition
  • Teaching English Composition
  • Studies in Major American Writers
  • Adv. Studies in American Literature: Mueller, Kinnell, Kumin, Dunn
  • Adv. Studies In English Literature: Thomas Hardy
  • Poetry Writing
  • Advanced Poetry Writing
  • Fiction Writing
  • Advanced Fiction Writing
  • Advanced Writing Seminar
  • Creative Non-Fiction Writing
  • Advanced Seminar in Creative Writing
  • Travel Writing

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Awards & Publications


2009-2010 Distinguished University Professor for Artistic Accomplishment

2009 National Endowment for the Arts Grant, $25,000

2009 Faculty Research Appointment, Fall 2009

2006 Tom Pier Award, Allied Arts

2005 Artist Trust GAP Grant Award, $1,000

2004 Third Place, Allied Arts of Yakima Poetry Contest

2004 Phi Beta Kappa, Scholar of the Year Award, at Central Washington University

2003 First Prize, Allied Arts of Yakima Poetry Contest

2002 Poems nominated for Pushcart Prize, by Mark Halperin

2001 Poems nominated for Pushcart Prize, by William Olsen

2000 Poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Ekphrasis

1996 QRL Book Award, International competition. Judge: Ted Weiss

1993 Book Award, Arrowood Books, Inc.

1988 Poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Tar River

1988 Poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Poetry

1987 Invited to be a guest writer at Yaddo in Saratoga
Springs, New York for the month of July.

1987 Winner, Bainbridge Island Arts Council Poetry
Contest (one of 12 chosen from 1500 poems)

1985 Book Award, Quarterly Review of Literature's
International Poetry Contest

1985 Finalist in Wesleyan's Contemporary Poetry Series

1984 Poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize,The Long Story

1982 First place in poetry contest sponsored bySun Dog
(Florida St. Univ.). Judge: Donald Hall

1982 Poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize,Sun Dog

1980 Third place in Western Gerontological Society's
third annual poetry contest.

1980 Finalist in poetry contest sponsored by Southern Poetry Review. Judge: William Stafford

1979 Honorable Mention, poetry contest sponsored by
The Academy of American Poets. Judge: Tess Gallagher


Fish Grooming and Other Stories, March Press, 2007
Accent On Meter, with Mark Halperin, NCTE, 2004
Getting Here (poetry), QRL, 1997
Winter Insomnia (poetry), Arrowood Books, Inc., 1993
Counting The Change (poetry), QRL, 1986

Poetry Chapbooks:
A Ring In Air, dPress, 2003
The Greatest Hits 1980-2001, Pudding-House, 2001
Aegean Dialogues, March Street Press, 1998

He has published poetry, essays, criticism, and stories in over sixty publications including the Alaska Quarterly Review, The Connecticut Review, Crab Creek Review, Hawaii Review, The Humanist, Kansas Quarterly, The Long Story, Poetry, Nebraska Review, Seattle Review, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Review, and many others.

Internet Publications
Review of Adrianne Kalfopoulou's First Book
The Mini-MAG Jan 04
Quarterly Review of Literature Volume 36
The MAG summer 2004
Valparaiso Poetry Review Volume VIII, Number 2 Spring/Summer 2007

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