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Lawrence Joseph

Lawrence Joseph is a Lebanese and Syrian American poet, writer, essayist, literary critic, lawyer, and professor.

He was born on March 10th, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, and he is of Lebanese and Syrian descent. Joseph is the author of numerous poetry collections and novels. Some of his works include Curriculum Vitae (1988) and Shouting at No One (1983). Joseph has also had a long track record in law. He is the Tinnelly Professor of Law at St John’s University School of Law in New York and has served as law clerk to Justice G. Mennen Williams of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Lawrence received his BA from the University of Michigan. Afterwards, he earned a BA and MA in English from Cambridge University.

Throughout his career, Lawrence has won the 2006 New York City Lawyers Association’s Law and Literature Award, the 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship Award,  and he is the two time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships. Joseph has also won the 1983 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for his first book Shouting at No One.


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