Jos Charles

Jos Charles is author of the poetry collections a Year & other poems (Milkweed Editions, 2022), feeld, a Pulitzer-finalist and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series selected by Fady Joudah (Milkweed Editions, 2018), and Safe Space (Ahsahta Press, 2016). She currently teaches as a part of Randolph College’s low-residency MFA program. Charles has an MFA from the University of Arizona and is currently a PhD student at UC Irvine. She resides in Long Beach, CA.


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A Year & other poems (2022)
“The luminous latest from Charles unfolds in a series of short lyrics over the course of a year, holding time‘s progression in a delicate balance with a changing self.” —Publishers Weekly

Link to A Year & other poems

feeld (2018)
Selected by Fady Joudah as a winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series and a Pulitzer-finalist, Jos Charles’s revolutionary second collection of poetry, feeld, is a lyrical unraveling of the circuitry of gender and speech, defiantly making space for bodies that have been historically denied their own vocabulary.

Link to feeld

Safe Space (2016)
As a hyperkinetic interrogation of contexts that give rise to its disruptions of, and interventions on, youth, sexual trauma, and transness, SAFE SPACE is critical reading in both senses of the term The collection dazzles and devastates, confronting a world whose ruin is long overdue with equal parts glee and

Link to Safe Space