Joseph Stanton

This article is about the poet. For the Rhode Island politician of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, see Joseph Stanton, Jr.
Joseph Stanton
Occupation poet, scholar, professor

Joseph Stanton is a Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a widely published poet.

His poems have appeared in Poetry, Poetry East, Harvard Review, Ekphrasis, New York Quarterly, and many other journals and anthologies.[1]


Joseph Charles Stanton, born February 4, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri, is a poet and a scholar who teaches art history and American studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where he is a professor. He has published extensively on American art, literature, and culture. One of his special areas of work concerns the intersection of the visual and literary arts. His essays on image-word topics have been appeared in such journals as Art Criticism, American Art, Journal of American Culture, Harvard Library Bulletin, The Lion and the Unicorn, Soundings, Children’s Literature, and Michigan Quarterly Review.

As an art historian, Stanton has published essays on Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Maurice Sendak, Chris Van Allsburg, and many other artists. He has been working for many years on a book on Winslow Homer.

Joseph Stanton’s books of poems include A Field Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban O‘ahu, Cardinal Points, Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art, and What the Kite Thinks. He has published more than 300 poems in such journals as Poetry, Harvard Review, Poetry East, The Cortland Review, Ekphrasis, Bamboo Ridge, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Endicott Studio’s Journal of the Mythic Arts, and New York Quarterly.[1] In 2007, Ted Kooser selected one of Stanton’s poems for his “American Life in Poetry” column.[2] Under the guidance of Makoto Ooka, he participated with Wing Tek Lum and others in the collaborative renshi poem What the Kite Thinks.[3]

In one of his recent books, The Important Books: Children’s Picture Books as Art and Literature, he examines the picture-books of such artist-writers as Maurice Sendak, Chris Van Allsburg, Arnold Lobel, and William Joyce. His new book, Looking for Edward Gorey, is the culmination of his many years of research into all things Gorey. His other books include Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art, A Field Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban O‘ahu: Poems, Cardinal Points: Poems on St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, What the Kite Thinks: A Linked Poem, Stan Musial: A Biography, and A Hawai‘i Anthology.

As an art historian, Stanton has published essays on Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Maurice Sendak, Chris Van Allsburg, and many other artists.

Awards and honors

Stanton has edited A Hawai‘i Anthology, which won a Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award for excellence in literature. Two of his other books have won honorable mention Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards.[4]

In 1997, Stanton received the Cades Award for his contributions to the literature of Hawai‘i. In 2010, Stanton received the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities.[5]

Poems selected for anniversary ("best of") anthologies: Poetry East (2000), Hawai‘i Pacific Review (1998), Long Island Quarterly (1997, 1994), Bamboo Ridge (1986), First Place, Hawai‘i Pacific Review Poetry Contest, 1995.

One of the winners of the Poetry on the Bus Competition, sponsored by the Arts Council of Hawai‘i and the City of Honolulu, 1988.


Poetry collections

Solo Publications

Collaborative Book

Anthologies and Collections

Scholarly Books

Books Edited


External links

Joseph Stanton's work online

Baseball poems

Poems about Hawai'i

Poems on Art

Fairy Tale Poems

Poems on Movies and Music

Poems on Writers and Writing

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