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Joseph Stanton

Joseph Stanton

PhD New York University

Art history
Literary history
Sports history
Children’s literature
Popular culture

Joseph Stanton is an art historian and a literary historian. His research often centers on points where the visual and the literary intersect. He has written about such artists and writers as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Maurice Sendak, Chris Van Allsburg, Margaret Wise Brown, Edward Gorey, Richard Howard, and W. S. Merwin. In addition to conventional art historical and literary historical research his fields of study include ekphrastic poetry, narrative dimensions of the visual arts, book illustration, children’s picture books, film, and artist-writer collaborations. He also writes on sports history and culture with an emphasis on baseball. He is extensively published as a poet. Many of his poems reflect his interests in such things as art, wildlife, landscapes, sports, movies, fairy tales, and Noh plays. He has collaborated on many occasions with artists, musicians, and other writers. His awards include the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award, the Cades Award for Literature, and the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award for Excellence in Literature. He is on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s faculty in both American Studies and Art History. He teaches courses related to most of his research and writing projects. His Ph.D. is from New York University.

Selected Books: Looking for Edward Gorey (2011), Stan Musial: A Biography (2007), A Field Guide to the Wildlife of Suburban Oahu: Poems (2006), The Important Books: Children’s Picture Books as Art and Literature (2005), Cardinal Points: Poems on St. Louis Cardinals Baseball (2002), Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art (1999), A Hawaii Anthology (1997), and What the Kite Thinks: A Linked Poem by Makoto Ōoka, Wing Tek Lum, Joseph Stanton, and Jean Toyama (1994).

Selected Journals Where His Essays Have Appeared: American Art, Art Criticism, Children’s Literature, Journal of American Culture, Journal of Hawaiian History, The Lion and the Unicorn, Michigan Quarterly Review, Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, and Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Altogether he has published more than 60 essays in journals and anthologies.

Selected Journals Where His Poems Have Appeared: Abraxas, Aethlon, Bamboo Ridge, Cortland Review, Ekphrasis, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Harvard Review, Image, Endicott Studio, New York Quarterly, Poetry, Poetry East, and Sport Literate. Altogether he has published more than 300 poems in journals and anthologies.

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