John James is the author of Chthonic, winner of the 2014 CutBank Chapbook Award. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, West Branch, Crazyhorse, Best New Poets 2016, Best American Poetry 2017, and many other publications. His first full-length collection, The Milk Hours, is currently in circulation and has been named a finalist or semi-finalist for the 2016 Crab Orchard First Book Award and Tupelo Press’s 2016 Berkshire Prize. In collaboration with the photographer Carrie Burr, he has authored a limited edition art book, The Field Is a Good Place to Die.
John is also a scholar and critic, writing on poetry and poetics from 1750 to the present. He has recently presented or will soon present papers at Yale University, the University of Chicago, and George Washington University, and is co-authoring an article, with Nathan K. Hensley, on literary periodicity and energy regimes. His current research examines William Blake’s illuminated books, drawing them into conversation with contemporary environmental theory, a project he plans to expand into a book on ecological Romanticism.
He holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University, where he held multiple fellowships and received an Academy of American Poets Prize. In 2008, he was awarded a scholarship from the English Speaking Union to study at Exeter College, Oxford. He is currently completing an M.A. in English at Georgetown University, where, as graduate associate to the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, he directs the Summer School’s Creative Writing Institute and assists the 2016-2018 Mellon Sawyer Seminar, Approaching the Anthropocene: Global Culture and Planetary Change.