I am the Rare Books Librarian at Rutgers University, in the New Brunswick Libraries, the Founding Director of the New Jersey Book Arts Symposium (1995-Present), an annual conference on all things pertaining to book arts with a heavy emphasis on artists' books, and the editor of Gravesiana: The Journal of the Robert Graves Society. I have published in the fields of children's literature, book arts, and poetry, in particular the poetry of the Anglo-Irish poet, novelist, translator, critic and mythographer, Robert Graves. In collaboration with various artists I have written fourteen artists books, text for a series of lyrical compositions by the late Herber Rothgarber, and exhibited original artwork in group shows. I also play the clarinet: my recipe for happiness is find something you do badly and keep doing it.
Michael Joseph. Teaching Guide to the Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature. New York: WW Norton, 2005. 207 p.
Handmade Literacies: Special issue of The Lion and the Unicorn. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. 140 p (with Lissa Paul).
Gravesiana: The Journal of the Robert Graves Society. (2016-present)
The Artists’ Books of Suellen Glashausser: A special Issue of the Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries (LXIV 2008 ) 97 p.
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
“Fairy Tale Poems” in Routledge Companion to Fairy-Tale Cultures and Media, edited by Pauline Greenhill, Jill Terry Rudy and Naomi Hamer. London: Routledge, 2018. pp. 580-589.
With Joseph Thomas. “Apologia” in Prizing in Children’s Literature, edited by Joseph T. Thomas and Kenneth Kidd. London: Routledge, 2017. pp. 193-208
“Liminality” in Keywords in Children’s Literature. New York: NYU Press, 2011. 138-141.
“The Penny Fiddle and Poetic Truth: The Children’s Poems of Robert Graves” in Poetry and Childhood, edited by Morag Styles. Staffordshire, Eng.: Trentham Press, 2010. 81-89.
“Illustrating St. Nicholas and the Influence of Mary Mapes Dodge” in St. Nicholas and Mary Mapes Dodge: The Legacy of a Children’s Magazine Editor, 1873-1905, edited by Ruth Ann Thompson, Susan Gannon and Suzanne Rahn. New York, NY: McFarland, 2004. 54-75.
“The Unfinished Blocks” in Lynd Ward’s Last, Unfinished Wordless Novel. With an introduction by Michael McCurdy and a description of The Last Unfinished Blocks by Michael Joseph. New Brunswick, NJ: New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, 2001.
RECENT REFEREED JOURNALS
"'Allie' and the Lost War,'" The Lion and the Unicorn. 41:2 (2017 ): 251-268.
"Orphans of Poetry: The Poetry of Childhood and the Children's Poetry of Robert Graves," Book 2.0. 6.1-2 (2016): 9-20.
“‘Reiterative divergence’: Reflections on Maurice Sendak’s Bumble-Ardy and Kenzaburô Ôe’s reimagining of Outside Over There,” Book 2.0, 2:1-2 (2013): 45-62.
“Poetic Nonsense: Robert Graves, The White Goddess and Children’s Poetry,” Gravesiana: The Journal of the Robert Graves Society 3:4 (2013): 650-686.
“Seeing the Visible Book: How Graphic Novels Resist Reading,” Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 37:4 (Winter 2012): 454-467.
“Deleted/Undeleted: the Liminal Typography of Lowell Bodger,” Book 2.0, 1:2 (2011): 185-206.
“The Rise and Maiden Flight of Hannah Goose’s Nursery Rhymes,” Handmade Literacies, Special issue of The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children's Literature 29 (2005): 16-37.
“Old Comic Elton and the Age of Fun: Robert H. Elton and the. Picture Book,” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 28:3 (Fall 2003): 158-70
“A Pre-Modernist Reading of The Drum: Chinua Achebe and the Theme of the Eternal Return” Ariel, A Review of International English Literature 28: (1997): 149-166.
RECENT NON-REFEREED JOURNALS
Introduction. artfragments: Béatrice Coron: 2015-2016, 7 (2016): 3.
“A Librarian's Stroll Through Milton's Afterlife.” Forms of Writing in Milton’s England: Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Issue of the Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries 65 (2012): 114-124.
“Where Should We Be? Geography in Art.” In Central Booking Magazine, 2:4 (2011): 14-18.
“Some Sixties Influences on Suellen Glashausser’s Artists’ Books.” The Artists’ Books of Suellen Glashausser. A Special Issue of the Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries 64 (2010): 67-95.
“Seeing Andersen as He Isn’t: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Illustrations to Fairy Tales by H.C. Andersen.” Princeton Chronicle 68:3 (Spring 2007): 851-879.
“Guild of Book Workers 100th Anniversary Exhibition,” American Craft 67:1 (2007): 70-3.
"How Books Stop Time: The Problem of Originality and Artists' Books” The Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries: Special Issue: The Book as Art, Literature and History. LX (2003): 95-113.
Howard Pyle: Imagining An American School of Art, by Jill P. May, Robert E. May. Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 39:1 (Spring 2014): 158-163.
“The Most Popular Story Every Told.” Rev. of Red Riding Hood for All Ages: A Fairy-Tale Icon in Cross-Cultural Contexts, by Sandra L. Beckett. Children’s Literature, 39 (Winter, 2011): 249-258.
Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales, by Jack Zipes; and Sticks and Stones: The Problem With Children’s Literature, by Jack Zipes. Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 27:4 (2002-2003): 229-232.
“World’s Enough—and Time.” Rev. of From Mythic to Linear, by Maria Nikolajeva. Children’s Literature, 30 (2002): 221-228.
Hanging Together: Unity and Diversity in American Culture, by John Higham; edited by Carl J. Guarneri. The Lion and the Unicorn, 26:2 (April, 2002): 271-274.
Girls, Boys, Books, Toys: Children's Literature and Games. Children's Literature Association Quarterly 25:3 (Fall, 2000): 171-173.
Opposition. [New Brunswick]: Special Collections and University Archives, 2017.
Victorian Secrets. [New Brunswick, Special Collections and University Archives], 2016. (with Kevin Mulcahy).
Fran Manola: A Scribe’s Life. [Newark, NJ: The John Cotton Dana Library], 2014.
A Portable, Constant Obsession: The Book Art of Karen Guancione. New Brunswick, NJ: Special Collections and University Archives, 2012.
Out of Retirement: The Later Wood Engravings of John DePol. New Brunswick, NJ: Special Collections and University Archives, 2010.
Karen Guancione. [Introduction by Michael Joseph], Wayne, NJ: William Paterson College, 2010.
Material Translations. Princeton: Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ, 2010.
My Infant Head: A History of Children’s Poetry. New Brunswick, NJ: Special Collections and University Archives, 2008.
Suellen Glashausser and Her Circles. New Brunswick, NJ: Special Collections and University Archives, 2007.
Vacation. New Brunswick, NJ: Special Collections and University Archives, 2007.
Vertigo: A Graphic Novel of the Great Depression. New Brunswick, NJ: Special Collections and University Archives, 2003.
Suellen Glashausser and The Book: Enduring Delight. Newark, N.J.: The John Cotton Dana Library, 2002.
Books by John Ross, Books by Clare Romano. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Libraries, 2000. (My editing, catalog descriptions and bibliographical citations).
Adventure and Art: The First One Hundred Years of Printing. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Libraries, 1998 (with Paul Needham).
Two Double Takes: Illustrated Poetry of the Twentieth Century. New Brunswick, NJ: Special Collections & University Archives, 1997.
Waking the Book: The Craft of the Bookbinder. New Brunswick, NJ: Special Collections & University Archives, 1994.
Mother Goose in New York. New York: New-York Historical Society, 1992.
ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS, NON-REFEREED
Lynd Ward’s Vertigo: A Graphic Novel of the Great Depression (2003) (http://www2.scc.rutgers.edu/Vertigo/)
New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, 2003: Styles of Collecting, Styles of the Book, http:www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rulib/specol/bookats/intro03.htm. 2003. 36 p.
New Jersey International Book Arts Symposium (2001) https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/libs/scua/bookarts/photographs/frontpage.html
INTERSECTION: How To Make A Wood Engraving / by John DePol (1998) (http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/exhibits/intersect/title_page.htm)
New Jersey Book Arts and Education, or, Preaching What We Practice (1996) (http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rulib/abtlib/danlib/bookarts/ba-dana.htm)
Images of Cupid and Psyche (1998-) (http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/~mjoseph/CP/ICP.html)
ARTISTS’ BOOKS, POETRY, AND LITERARY FICTION
The True Story of Puss in Boots on Mars (New Brunswick, NJ: Cats in the Basement Press, 2017). With illustrations by Henry Charles.
Crocodiles. (New York: Béatrice Coron, 2014). Edition of 3 copies. Poem with paper cut by Béatrice Coron.
La Nouvelle Chatte, or The New White Cat; with illustrations by Henry Charles (Clinton, NJ: Lucia Press, 2013). Edition of 20 copies.
La Nouvelle Chatte, or The New White Cat; with illustrations by Henry Charles (New Brunswick, NJ: Cats in the Basement Press, 2013).
Juvenile Fantasies & Innocent Dreams (New Brunswick, NJ: Cats in the Basement Press, 2013). Twenty-eight short stories by Michael Joseph with twenty-eight responses by Sarah K. Stengle.
Dirt Dream (Minneapolis, Minn.: Sarah K. Stengle, 2013). Edition of 4. Sculptural artists’ book created by Sarah K. Stengle using the texts of Juvenile Fantasies & Innocent Dreams.
Paper: A Pulp Romance, in Three Wanton Acts. Boca Raton, FL: The Jaffe Center for Book Arts, 2012. Edition of 100 copies. Poetry broadside with one poem: image and paper made by Anne McKeown at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, designed and printed by Lisa Switalski.
Lost Light (Jersey City, NJ: Harsimus Press, 2011) Edition of 100 copies. Three poems, with CD of music performed by tenor, Jeremy Barbaro, and piano, Herbert Rothgarber. Composed by Herbert Rothgarber, and recorded live in concert at the South Country Library, Nov. 21, 2010.
Useless Tools: For Every Anxious Occasion (Clinton, NJ: Hunterdon Art Museum, 2011). Responses to original texts by Sarah K. Stengle.
The True Story of Puss in Boots (New Brunswick, NJ: Cats in the Basement Press, 2009). With illustrations by Henry Charles.
Contes de Fées (Chesterfield, MO: Wildwood Press, 2008). Texts written to prints by Valerie Hammond.
For Constance (Usnago, Italy: Edizioni Pulcinoelefante, 2004).
Intercourse Without Mirrors (New York: Lowell Bodger, Typo., 1996).
INVITED LECTURES AND PAPERS AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES
Who Did That? Robert Graves? "Good-bye to All That . . . But it Still Goes On": Fourteenth International Robert Graves Conference. Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 2018.
Artists' Books: A Prehistory. Invited lecture at the VISPO Symposium. Aachen, Germany. May, 2017
Things To Do With Poems. Invited lecture at San Dieo State University. San Diego, CA. April, 2017
'Allie' and the Lost War. Thirteenth International Robert Graves Conference. Oxford, England, October, 2016
How Robert Graves Invented Maurice Sendak: The Big Green Book as Ur-Text for Where the Wild Things Are. The High Stakes and Dark Sides of Children's Literature: 42nd Annual Children’s Literature Association, June, 2015, Hollins University, Richmond, VA.
The Orphans of Poetry: War and Childhood in the Poetry of Robert Graves. 130th Annual Modern Language Association, January, 2015. Vancouver, Canada.
The Selva Oscura of “Hide and Seek.” Robert Graves: Humour, Irony, Tragedy, and the Grotesque; Twelfth International Robert Graves Conference. Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 2014.
The Return of the Despised [Presence]: A Look at Robert Graves’s Children’s Poem, “The Magical Picture,” in the Company of Two Other Poems Contemporary With Its Publication (1920-1926), and a Consideration of its Argument against Experience. Diverging Diversities: 41st Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference: University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, June 2014.
(F)Risky Meters: A Metrical Analysis of a Line from a Children’s Poem by Robert Graves, Play and Risk in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture: 40th Annual Children's Literature Association Conference, Biloxi, MS. June 2013.
Poetic Nonsense: Robert Graves and Children’s Poetry. Robert Graves and Modernism: 11th International Robert Graves Conference, Oxford University, England, September 2012.
The Graphic Novel’s Assault on the Republic of Readers. Modern Language Association Convention, Nashville, TN, January 2012.
The Changeling Looks at Bumble Ardy: Seeing Maurice Sendak Through the Eyes of Kenzaburō Ōe. Literary Slipstreams: 39th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA, June 2012.
The Liminal Typography of Lowell Bodger, Research and Reverie: Sixteenth Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, Rutgers-Newark, Newark, NJ, Nov. 2010.
The Recent History of Artists’ Books. Material Translations: Artists Books from 1970 to Now, The Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ, October 7, 2010.
Poetic Truth and The Penny Fiddle: The Children’s Poetry of Robert Graves. Poetry and Childhood: an International Conference at the British Library. British Library, London, April 2009.
How Lynd Ward Invented Adolescence. The Eighth Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature, Nashville, TN, March, 2009.
Liminality. Reimagining Normal: 35th Annual Conference of the Children’s Literature Association, Normal, IL, June 2008.
The Meaning and End of Children’s Literature. Seventh Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature, Nashville, TN, Apr. 2007.
The Real and the Fake in Re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast. Sixth Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature, Nashville, TN, Apr. 2005.
Children’s Literature and the Internet: The Origin and Purpose of Child_Lit. National Council of Teachers of English, Indianapolis, IN, Nov. 2004.
Graphic Novel as Locus of Teenage Angst and Desire. Modern Language Association Conference, San Diego, CA, Dec, 2003.
Styles of Collecting, Styles of The Book: The Reciprocal Dynamic Between The Book and The Book Collector. Styles of Collecting, Styles of The Book: Ninth Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, Newark, NJ, Nov, 2003.
Murder Most Foul, as at the Best it Is: Lurid Literature of the Nineteenth Century, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY, July, 2002.
John Elliot Fleet and the American Mother Goose, a Nationalist Icon in Nineteenth Century America 29th Annual Children's Literature Association Annual Conference, Wilkes-Barre, PA, June, 2002.
Nostalgia Theory at San Diego State University (invited talk). Spring, 2002.
Paradox and Fairy Tale: Robert San Souci's The Talking Eggs. 28th Annual Conference of the Children's Literature Association, July, 2001.
Subverting Time in The Book Arts. Center for Book Arts, May, 2001.
Originality and the Problem of Time in Artists' Books. Original Copies: The Book Arts and Reproduction Fifth Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, Nov, 2000.
Robert Henry Elton and the Age of Fun. 39th Annual Rare Book and Manuscripts Annual Preconference, June, 1998.
Hans Christian Andersen Award Winning Illustrator, Tommie Ungerer. 25th Annual Conference of the Children's Literature Association, July, 1998.
Asenath Bole Odaga and the Myth of Return. 23rd Annual Conference of the Children's Literature Association, June, 1996.
Witches, Wives and Willie's Mother. 36th annual Rare Book and Manuscript Preconference, Bloomington, IN, June, 1995.
New-York Cries and a Sense of Place. 21st Annual Conference of the Children's Literature Association, Columbia, SC, June, 1994.
Intellectual Access to Images in Books. Second Annual Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Aug., 1993.
RECENT PUBLIC TALKS
Voice in Vertigo: How Lynd Ward creates a Sense of Sound in his Woodcut Novel. 50th New York Comics & Picture Story Symposium, NY, July, 2013.
An Essential Irreconcilability: Research in How Comics Resist the Ritual of Disembodiment. 35th New York Comics & Picture Story Symposium, NY, March 2013.
Conversation with Canadian authors John Wilson and Kevin Major. From the Garden to the Trenches: Childhood, Culture, and the First World War, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, CA, May 2012.
Body as Book and Resistance. The Book as Body, The Body as Book Thirteenth Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, Newark, NJ, Nov. 2008.
The Bronze Age Book. Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, NY, Spring, 2007.
Introduction to Artists’ Books. Symposium 2006, New Jersey Center for the Book, New Brunswick, NJ, April, 2006.