Joel Long's book Winged Insects (1999) won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize. His chapbook, Chopin's Preludes is availible from Elik Press. His poems have appeared in Seattle Review, Bellingham Review, Sou'wester, Poet Lore, Willow Springs, Prairie Schooner, and Mid-American Review among others. His poems have appeared in the anthologies Fresh Water, American Poetry: the Next Generation and Essential Love. He received the Educator of Excellence Award from Writers at Work in 2002. "Joel Long's perceptively imagined poems reside in the permeable membrane of inner and outer, where the world's events and objects are transformed by interior life. Quietly tender and keenly observed, these poems are thoughtful beauty and grace." -Jane Hirshfield
Currently, Joel teaches English at Rowland Hall School. On weekends he is a drummer for a blues and emo-rock band. Besides rockin it out, he tears it up weekly--running disc for a local Ultimate Frisbee team.
Also, he can't wrestle.
Joel Long's first book. Long teaches English and Creative Writing at Rowland Hall/St. Marks school. He is the copresident of CityArt Poetry Series as well as founder and organizer of Lake Effect Writer's Conference, one of the largest high school writer's conferences in the U.S. "Joel Long knows the fine art of creating surprise in language, the pleasure and the insight of the right surprise coming in a poem at just the right moment. The poems in Winged Insects demonstrate this poet's ability to compose stunning imagery... to close a poem with an ending both inevitable and amazing. They offer openings into new worlds profound, familiar, and unexpected."