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John James (American Poet)

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John James
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BornLong Beach, California
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
Other names
🎓 Alma materColumbia University, Georgetown University, Bellarmine University
💼 Occupation
Poet, critic, collagist
💵 Salary :
🏢 OrganizationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Notable workThe Milk Hours, Chthonic
🌐 Websitehttps://jj-poetry.com

John James is an American poet, critic, and digital collagist. He is the author of The Milk Hours, selected by Henri Cole for the 2018 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, published by Milkweed Editions. He is also the author of Chthonic, winner of the 2014 CutBank Chapbook Competition. His poems appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, Best New Poets 2013 and 2016, Best American Poetry 2017, and other publications.[1]


James was born in Long Beach, California and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He holds degrees from Columbia University and Georgetown University, where he served as graduate associate to the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. He earned his B.A. in English at Bellarmine University.[2] James has taught at Bellarmine University, the University of the District of Columbia, The Potomac School, and Georgetown University, where he directs the Creative Writing Institute.[3] [4] [2] He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is a Ph.D. student in English literature at the University of California, Berkeley. [1]

His poems and review essays have been published in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Kenyon Review Online, and The Iowa Review. His collages appear in Quarterly West.[5]

Of The Milk Hours, prize judge Henri Cole writes, "“The poetry of the earth is intensely alive in the poems of John James... Out of the sorrowful fragments of personal history, [he] has a created a book of unusual intelligence and beauty.”[6]


The Milk Hours (Milkweed Editions, 2019) [1]

Chthonic (CutBank Books, 2015)[7]


  • "The Milk Hours" at Academy of American Poets [8]
  • "History (n.)" at The Kenyon Review (reprinted in Best American Poetry 2017 [9]
  • "Metamorphoses" at Boston Review[10]
  • "At Assateague", "End," and "Le Moribond" at The Missouri Review [11]
  • "Spaghetti Western" at Split This Rock [12]
  • "Forget the Song" at California Journal of Poetics[13]
  • "Famous Tombs" at Colorado Review [14]
  • "Kentucky, September" at DIAGRAM [15]

Scholarship and Criticism[edit]

  • "Soot Moth: Biston Betularia and the Victorian End of Nature," co-authored with Nathan K. Hensley, at BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth Century History[16]
  • "Blake in/of Time: Presentism and Literary Form" at V21: Victorian Studies for the 21st Century[17]
  • "Astralize the Night," review of Anne Carson's Float at Boston Review [18]
  • "On Canine Dasein," review of Frank Bidart's Metaphysical Dog, at Boston Review [19]
  • "Learn Your Lesson / From the Calf: Rebecca Gayle Howell's Render/An Apocalypse at Kenyon Review Online [20]
  • Review of Illocality by Joseph Massey at Colorado Review[21]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "John James". Milkweed Editions. 5 November 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "John James". Bellarmine University.
  3. "John James - Faculty - Georgetown SCS". scs.georgetown.edu.
  4. Review, Boston (20 November 2013). "John James". Boston Review.
  5. "Four Collages". Quarterly West.
  6. "John James Wins the 2nd Annual Max Ritvo Poetry Prize". Milkweed Editions. 5 November 2018.
  7. "CUTBANK INTERVIEWS: John James, 2014 Chapbook Contest Winner". CutBank Literary Magazine.
  8. nparedes (23 June 2017). "Colleen M. Brown Memorial Prize in Poetry, 2017". Colleen M. Brown Memorial Prize in Poetry, 2017.
  9. ""History (n.)" by John James - Kenyon Review Poetics of Science". The Kenyon Review.
  10. James, John (7 March 2018). "Metamorphoses". Boston Review.
  11. ""At Assateague" - The Missouri Review". www.missourireview.com.
  12. "Spaghetti Western - Poetry Database - Split This Rock". www.splitthisrock.org.
  13. "Forget the Song by John James".
  14. "Famous Tombs - Center for Literary Publishing". coloradoreview.colostate.edu.
  15. "DIAGRAM :: Pocket Index". thediagram.com.
  16. grad. "Nathan K. Hensley and John Patrick James, "Soot Moth: Biston Betularia and the Victorian End of Nature" - BRANCH".
  17. "John Patrick James: Blake in/of Time: Presentism and Literary Form".
  18. James, John (16 May 2017). "Astralize the Night". Boston Review.
  19. James, John (20 November 2013). "On Canine Dasein: Frank Bidart's Metaphysical Dog". Boston Review.
  20. "On Rebecca Gayle Howell - Kenyon Review Online". The Kenyon Review.
  21. "Illocality - Center for Literary Publishing". coloradoreview.colostate.edu.

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