Jim Barnes

Poet, Fiction Writer

Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico US

Author's Bio

Former Writer-in-Residence (Truman State University), former Brigham Young University Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing, fluent in English, French, German, over 200 readings in the U.S., France, Germany, Guam, Japan, and Korea, Oklahoma Poet Laureate 2009/2010. Author of a dozen books, most recently Sundown Explains Nothing: New and Selected Poems.  He lives in both Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Literary agent: 
Cora McKown

Publications & Prizes


Connecticut Review
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Approaching Literature in the 21st Century (Bedford Books, 2005)
250 Poems: A Portable Anthology (Bedford Books, 2003)
SUNDOWN EXPLAINS NOTHING: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2019)
Visiting Picasso (University of Illinois Press, 2007)
On a Wing of the Sun (University of Illinois Press, 2001)
Numbered Days (New Odyssey Press, 1999)
Paris (University of Illinois Press, 1997)
Sawdust War (University of Illinois Press, 1992)
La Plata Cantata (Purdue University Press, 1989)
A Season of Loss (Purdue University Press, 1985)
The American Book of the Dead (University of Illinois Press, 1982)
Kenyon Review
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The Nation
Prizes won: 

NEA Fellowship in Poetry, two Rockefeller/Bellagio fellowships, two Camargo Foundation fellowships, Munich Kulturreferat Fellowship, Schloss Solitude Fellowship, Senior Fulbright Fellowship, Oklahoma Book Award, The Translation Prize, American Book Award, The Iowa Review McGinnis Award

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
All who practice good language usage and know that faulty pronoun references will not long buy the best bread.

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Fluent in: 
English, French, German
Born in: 
Summerfield, OK
Raised in: 
Summerfield, OK
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Last update: Oct 24, 2019