While I Was Waiting For You is the expanded and revised edition of Joel Weishaus’ Collected Poems, Feels Like Home Again, published in 2014. The present volume includes thirty poems since found, and an addendum of six very early poems. In this volume of poems made between 1965-2000, Weishaus addresses his experiences in San Francisco during the 1960s and 70s; a journey to Japan in 1968, building a Japanese-style garden in California, a one-year hermitage in a mountain cabin, and living in northern New Mexico. These poems form the foundation for Weishaus' later work, including his celebrated Digital Literary Art.
At age 19 Joel Weishaus a Jr. Executive at a Madison Avenue agency, specializing in movie advertising. He moved to San Francisco in 1964, and was a student in the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Oriental Languages, and Literary Editor of the student newspaper. During the 1980s, living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he was a photography critic for Artspace: A Quarterly of Contemporary Southwest Art, Adjunct Curator at the University of New Mexico’s Museum of Fine Arts, and a Writer-in-Residence at UNM’s Center for Southwest Research. For several years he was Visiting Faculty in Portland State University’s English Department and was a Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His current research is sponsored by Portland State University’s Philosophy Department. For the past ten years he has been the Artist-in-Residence at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California.