About Joan Hutton Landis


Joan Hutton Landis was born in Morristown, New Jersey. She majored in English at Bennington College, where she studied poetry with Stanley Kunitz, Howard Nemerov, and Ben Belitt.

After working in publishing, she married Kendall Landis and lived in Paris, Jeddah, Beirut, and Casa Blanca. During those years she wrote and published poetry and was active in theater. Returning to the States in 1967, with her husband and three sons, Landis studied poetry with Richard Wilbur at Wesleyan University, where she earned her masters degree. During that period her work was published in small journals, as well as in the Transatlantic Review and the New York Times.

Landis continued her education, earning a Ph.D. at Bryn Mawr. She was awarded a Danforth Graduate Fellowship for Women. Her articles on Shakespeare were published in Hamlet Studies, The Upstart Crow and the Shakespeare Quarterly, among others. Her reviews of the poetry of Louise Gluck, Ben Belitt, and John Peck appeared in Salmagundi

In 1977 Landis began teaching at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, helping to form the core curriculum, initiating both poetry and fiction workshops and becoming the first Chair of the Liberal Arts Department. She participated in Frank Bidart’s poetry workshops at the New York Summer Writers’ Institute in Saratoga Springs, where she was encouraged to work on the manuscript that eventually became That Blue Repair.

Landis’s most recent poetry has appeared in Parnassus: Poetry in Review, The Gettysburg Review, PoetrySalmagundiand Spoon River.

In March 2012, Landis’s poem, “That Blue Repair” inspired a musical piece for strings and cello, composed by Chris Rogerson and commissioned by the New York Youth Orchestra, which was performed at Carnegie Hall and received a rave review in the NY Times. Rogerson has been commissiomed by Orchestra 2001, to set another of Landis’s poems for performance in 2013.

In 2011, Landis’s poems "Autobiography,” "March Simile" and "Amherst Noon" were set to music by composer, John B. Hedges, and performed by the Chestnut Street Singers in Philadelphia in June.

Joan Landis was a featured reader at The Barn’s 2011 summer series, with poets Bill Wadsworth and Galway Kinnell. Additionally, she read new works at Bigtown Gallery’s 2011 summer series, in Rochester, VT

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