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 for the National Poetry Series, Four Way Books’ Levis Prize, the Crab Orchard First Book Award, and other honors. 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 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 the eighteenth century and ecological Romanticism.
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 directs Georgetown Summer Programs’ Creative Writing Institute. He splits his time between Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley.