John James is the author The Milk Hours, selected by Henri Cole for the 2018 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and forthcoming in June 2019 from Milkweed Editions. He is also the author of Chthonic, winner of the 2014 CutBank Chapbook Award. His poems appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, Best American Poetry 2017, and many other publications. A digital collagist, his “visual poems” appear or are forthcoming in Quarterly West and The Adroit Journal.
John is also a scholar and critic, writing on poetry and poetics from 1750 to the present, with an emphasis on Romanticism. He has recently presented papers at Yale University, the University of Chicago, George Washington University, and elsewhere. His current research examines scientific ideology in the British eighteenth century, as well as the question of “Life” from Lamarck to Tennyson. His writing appears on the blog of V21: Victorian Studies for the 21st Century and, co-authored with Nathan K. Hensley, in BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History.
He holds degrees from Columbia University and Georgetown University, where he served as graduate associate to the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice and continues to direct Georgetown Summer Programs’ Creative Writing Institute. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley.