His writing includes two books of poetry, Overtime (Eastern Washington University Press 2001) and Fortune (Eastern Washington University Press 2006), as well as two chapbooks, "Slow Dancer" and "Midlife: (Passionate Lives: Eight Autobiographical Poem Cycles)."
His work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including The Alaska Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Poetry International, and Prairie Schooner. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Montalvo Center for the Arts and Oregon Literary Arts.
Joseph Millar moved to western Oregon in 1997. He has taught at Mount Hood Community College and the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics and now teaches writing at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and the MFA in Writing Program at Pacific University.