Joseph Lease’s critically acclaimed books of poetry include Testify, Broken World, and Human Rights. His poem Broken World (For James Assatly) was selected for The Best American Poetry 2002, edited by Robert Creeley and David Lehman. His work has also been featured on NPR and published in The AGNI 30th Anniversary Poetry Anthology, Bay Poetics, No Gender, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Fence, The Paris Review, Talisman Magazine, to name a few. Lease lives and works in Oakland, CA.
"I regard Joseph Lease as the best poet of his generation. This is poetry filled with stories that are built to last. This is a poet who will become a major voice in American poetry." - David Shapiro
"Human Rights is a remarkable accomplishment, telling a complex story of human rites and their often painful authority with a range of resources any poet would be blessed to command. This singular book marks the beginning of what promises to be in all senses a brilliant career." - Robert Creeley