Poet · Critic · Editor
I can't remember the last time I was so moved by a single collection. Sailing to Babylon reminded me why I fell in love with poetry in the first place.
THE SAVVY READER
[You Are Here is] an erudite accounting of Canadian poetic identity in the late twentieth- and early twenty-first centuries. [Pollock] substantiates his strong claims with argumentation so textured and intelligent that one feels dared to disagree.
Stewart Cole, THE URGE
In Pollock, Daryl Hine has found his ideal editor. Reading [The Essential Daryl Hine], it's possible to tune into Hine at the wavelengths on which he was broadcasting. The experience, for me, is tremendous, exquisite, and heartbreaking.
Derek Webster, THE PARTISAN
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.