Joseph Harrison was born in Richmond, Virginia, grew up in Virginia and Alabama, and took degrees at Yale and Johns Hopkins. Sometimes I Dream That I Am Not Walt Whitman, published in March 2020 by Waywiser, is his sixth book of poems. His previous books include Someone Else’s Name (2003), Identity Theft (2008), and Shakespeare’s Horse (2015). Harrison’s poems have appeared widely in such magazines as The American Scholar, The New Criterion, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Parnassus and Raritan, and in such anthologies as Best American Poetry, The Library of America’s American Religious Poems, and Norton’s Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other honors. He serves as Senior American Editor for Waywiser Press, and has directed the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize since its inception in 2006. He lives in Baltimore.