James Pollock


Madison, WI

Author's Bio

James Pollock is the author of Sailing to Babylon, which was a finalist in Canada for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award in Poetry, and, in the United States, runner-up for the Posner Poetry Book Award and winner of an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association; and You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada, a finalist for the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for a collection of essays. He is also editor of The Essential Daryl Hine, which made The Partisan's list of the best books of 2015. A new book of poems, Durable Goods, is forthcoming from Véhicule Press/Signal Editions. His poems have been published in The Paris Review, AGNI, Maisonneuve, The Walrus, and other journals in the U.S. and Canada; they have also been broadcast on CBC Radio, listed in Best Canadian Poetry, and reprinted in anthologies in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., including The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry. His critical essays and reviews have appeared in Contemporary Poetry Review, Canadian Notes & Queries, Literary Review of Canada, and elsewhere. He earned a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston, and is now Professor of English and Creative Writing at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he teaches poetry writing, Shakespeare, Canadian literature, Greek and Latin classics in translation, and modern and contemporary American poetry. He lives with his wife and son in Madison, Wisconsin.

Publications & Prizes

Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015)
Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems (Persea, 2014)
The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology 2013 (House of Anansi Press, 2013)
Sailing to Babylon (Able Muse Press, 2012)
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Texas Review
The Walrus
Western Humanities Review
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Finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize, Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award in Poetry, Runner-Up for the Posner Poetry Book Award, Winner of an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association, Winner of the Editors' Prize in the Magma Poetry Competition (U.K.), Finalist for the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, Work-Study Scholarship in poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, John Woods Scholarship in poetry at the Prague Summer Program at Charles University, Inprint Dissertation Fellowship, Stella Ehrhart Memorial Fellowship, C. Glenn Cambor/ Inprint Fellowship, Cullen Educational Trust Graduate Fellowship

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Sudbury, ON
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Woodstock, ON
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Last update: Mar 19, 2020