Josephine Miles

Josephine Miles

About Josephine Miles

Josephine Louise Miles (June 11, 1911 – May 12, 1985) was an American poet and literary critic. Until her retirement, she was University Professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley. She has written five distinguished critical works on poetry, several textbooks, and ten volumes of poetry, including To All Appearances: Poems New and Selected (University of Ilinois Press, 1975). A. R. Ammons has described her work as 'one of the finest and most solid bodies of poetry to be found in this country.'
She has received awards and citations for the excellence of her work from such groups as the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Academy of American Poets. Miles was fascinated with Beat poetry, and was both a host and critic to many Beat poets from her chair at Berkeley. Most notably, she helped Allen Ginsberg publish Howl, recommending it to Richard Eberhart who published an article in the New York Times praising the poem. In 1974, she founded the internationally distributed Berkeley Poetry Review on the U.C. Berkeley campus.

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