Joseph Millar's first collection, Overtime (2001), was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. A second collection, Fortune, appeared in 2007. Millar grew up in Pennsylvania, attended the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and spent 25 years in the San Francisco Bay area working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. His work has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2008 Pushcart Prize. He is now core faculty at Pacific University's Low Residency MFA and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, the poet Dorianne Laux.
"There's so much kindness and honesty in these poems . . . long spiraling sentences full of used cars and kung pao chicken, umbilical blood and rent money, lentils and sausage and death. . . . Blue Rust is a big beautiful book of poems—moving, sensuous, artful, full of courage and blessings. I love it."
"This book is terrific. Whether it's the true grit of blue rust or the true reckoning of the 'blue compass needle,' Millar's poems show us the verities of our human journeys. This is truly a poet of the people, a voice for our time."
Carnegie Mellon University Press