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John James (American Poet)

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John James
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BornLong Beach, California
NationalityAmerican
Alma materColumbia University, Georgetown University, Bellarmine University
OccupationPoet, critic, collagist
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]

Biography[edit | edit source]

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]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

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

Chthonic (CutBank Books, 2015)[7]

Poems[edit | edit source]

Scholarship and Criticism[edit | edit source]

  • "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]

References[edit | edit source]

  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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