The last several years, Joshua Poteat has won awards from American Literary Review, River City, Nebraska Review, Marlboro Review, Columbia, Bellingham Review, Yemassee, Lullwater Review, Vermont Studio Center, Catskill Writing Workshop, American Poetry Archives/San Francisco State University, and Universities West Press. He won the 2004 National Chapbook Fellowship from the Poetry Society of America. In 2001, he was the Summer Writer-in-Residence at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center and, in 2002, was awarded an Individual Artist's Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts featured him in their Spring 2003 issue, and he has poems appearing in Crazyhorse and Gulf Coast.
Prior to winning as the 2004 selection for the Anhinga Prize for Poetry, Ornithologies was a finalist for the 2001 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry from Truman State University Press, the 2001 and 2002 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry from California State University-Fresno, Copper Canyon Press' 2002 Hayden Carruth Award, the 2004 National Poetry Series, and the 2004 Bakeless Prize.
His work was part of an international traveling exhibition entitled Pivot Points, featuring three generations of painters and poets, including Larry Levis, Dave Smith, Gregory Donovan, and others.
Joshua lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he edits assorted texts, including art criticism in collaboration with the art historian Dr. Robert Hobbs.