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Joseph Thomas Langland, author, emeritus educator. Ford fellow in humanities Harvard-Columbia University 1953-1954; Amy Lowell Poetry fellow, 1955-1956; Arts and Humanities fellow in poetry, 1966-1967; recipient Melville Cane prize poetry Poetry Society of America, 1964; named Living Art Treasure in Literature, New England Arts Biennial, 1985. Served to captain, infantry Army of the United States, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations.


Langland, Joseph Thomas was born on February 16, 1917 in Spring Grove, Minnesota, United States. Son of Charles M. and Clara Elizabeth (Hille) Langland.


Bachelor, University Iowa, 1940. Master of Arts, 1941. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Luther College, 1974.


Born in Spring Grove, Minnesota, Langland was raised in Northeastern Iowa on the family farm. Langland received both a bachelor's degree (1940) and a master's degree (1941) from the University of Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman during World War II. After the war, Langland taught part-time at the University of Iowa and then joined the faculty of University of Wyoming, teaching there from 1948 to 1959.

He then moved to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he founded the MFA Program for Poets & Writers. He was a faculty member at UMass from 1959–1979 and a professor emeritus from 1979 until his death in 2007. His work appeared in Massachusetts Review, Paris Review, The Nation, The New Yorker.

They had three children: Joseph Thomas Jr., (1946?). Elizabeth, (1948); and Paul, (1951). He died April 9, 2007 at his home in New Rochelle, New York at the age of 90.

His papers are held at Luther College in Iowa.



Served to captain, infantry Army of the United States, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations.


Married Judith Gail Wood, June 26, 1943. Children– Joseph Thomas, Elizabeth Langland, Paul.

Charles M. Langland

Clara Elizabeth (Hille) Langland

Judith Gail Wood

Joseph Thomas Langland

Elizabeth Langland

Paul Langland