James Nolan

New Orleans, LA 70116-3211

Author's Bio

James Nolan has taught writing and literature at universities in Florida, San Francsico, Barcelona, Madrid,and Beijing. His Ph.D. in comparative literature is from the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Cruz),and recently he has been writer-in-residence at Tulane and Loyola universities in his native New Orleans, where for twelve years he directed the Loyola Writing Institute at Loyola University. His poetry has been widely translated into Spanish, and he often performs his work in collaboration with musicians. He is also the author of Poet-Chief: The Native American Poetics of Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda (University of New Mexico Press), and of a collection of personal essays published in Madrid (Enigma Editores).

Publications and Prizes

Drunk on Salt
(Willow Springs Editions, 2014)
, Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy
(University Press of Mississippi, 2017)
, Higher Ground (novel)
(University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2011)
, Jaime Gil de Biedma, Longing: Selected Poems (translation)
(City Lights, 1993)
, Pablo Neruda, Stones of the Sky (translation)
(Copper Canyon Press, 2002)
, Perpetual Care: Stories
(Jefferson Press, 2008)
, What Moves is Not the Wind
(Wesleyan University Press, 1980)
, Why I Live in the Forest
(Wesleyan University Press, 1974)
, You Don't Know Me: New and Selected Stories
(University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2014)
Best Food Writing 2016
(Da Capo, 2016)
, Chance of a Ghost: An Anthology of Contemporary Ghost Poems
(Helicon Nine Editions, 2005)
, Improbable Worlds: An Anthology of Texas and Louisana Poets
(Mutabilis Press, 2011)
, India: An Anthology of Contemporary Writing
(Ohio University Press, 1983)
, Island of My Hunger: Cuban Poetry Today (translations)
(City Lights Publishers, 2007)
, Looking for Your Name: A Collection of Contemporary Poems
(Orchard Books, 1993)
, Maple Leaf Rag IV: An Anthology of Poems
(Portals Press, 2010)
, My New Orleans: Ballads to the Big Easy by Her Sons, Daughters, and Lovers
(Simon & Schuster, 2006)
, New Orleans Noir
(Akashic Books, 2007)
, New Orleans: What Can't Be Lost--88 Stories and Traditions from the Sacred City
(University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2010)
, Persistent Voices: An Anthology of Poets Lost t to AIDS (translations)
(Alyson Books, 2009)
, Saints and Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival
(Rebel Satori Press, 2010)
, Something in the Water: Twenty Lousiana Stories
(Portals Press, 2011)
, Strings: A Gathering of Family Poems
(Macmillan, 1984)
, Tartts Three: Incisive Fiction from Emerging Writers
(Swallow's Tale Press, 2007)
, The Gastronomica Reader
(University of California Press, 2010)
, The Gift of Tongues: Twenty-Five Years of Poetry from Copper Canyon Press
(Copper Canyon Press, 1996)
, The Jazz Poetry Anthology
(Indiana University Press, 1991)
, The Name of Love
(St. Martin's Press, 1995)
, The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales
(Story Line Press, 2003)
, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. IV: Louisiana
(Texas Review Press, 2011)
, Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader
(Black Sparrow Press, 1999)
, Wherever Home Begins: 100 Contemporary Poems
(Orchard Books, 1995)
Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Arkansas Review, Ars Medica, Berkeley Poetry Review, Big Bridge, Boulevard, Callaloo, City Lights Review, Crab Orchard Review, Delos, Exquisite Corpse, Gastronomica, Hawai'i Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, New Laurel Review, New Letters, New Orleans Review, North American Review, Pacific Review, Poetry, Poetry Flash, Quarry West, Shenandoah, Southern Review, Stringtown, Georgia Review, The World, Utne Reader, West Branch, Xavier Review
Prizes Won: 
2015 Independent Publishers' (IPPY) Gold Medal in Southern Fiction; 2015 Forward's Book of the Year Award (Indiefab) Honorable Mention; 2012 Independent Publishers' (IPPY) Gold Medal in Southern Fiction; 2008 William Faulkner-Wisdom Gold Medal (for a novel manuscript); 2009 Next-Generation Indie Book Award for Best Short Story Collection); 2007 Jefferson Press Prize (for a short story collection); National Endowment for the Arts Grant (in poetry); two Fulbright Fellowships to Spain

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
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Fluent in: 
French, Spanish
Born in: 
New Orleans
Raised in: 
New Orleans, LA
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Last updated: Dec 09, 2016