Joseph Mills

Joseph Mills is a Professor of Humanities and Writing in UNCSA's Division of Liberal Arts.

Few teachers have a unique style; we learn from one another and adopt and modify (and avoid) techniques and elements of others. I hope to encourage my students to become curious, disciplined, intelligent, empathetic artists and people. I hope they develop a passion for life-long learning.


  • Hundreds of criticism, poetry, fiction and non-fiction published in a variety of forums
  • Six books of poetry: "Exit, Pursued By a Bear," "Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers," "This Miraculous Turning," "Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet," "Love and Other Collisions" and "Somewhere During the Spin Cycle"
  • Editor, "A Century of the Marx Brothers," book of film criticism
  • Co-author, two editions of "A Guide to North Carolina’s Wineries"

Career Highlights

  • Being approached after a reading by a woman who told him that his poem was on her fridge
  • Reading from a book of poems about his children – "This Miraculous Turning" – with his children in the audience and having them come up afterwards
  • Having a student come up to him years after graduating and say, “I still have all the books from your courses"
  • Having a student stop as he left class and say, “I enjoyed that, actually”
  • Getting hired at the School of the Arts


PhDUniversity of California, Davis

MAUniversity of New Mexico

BAUniversity of Chicago