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James Galvin (poet)

James Galvin (born 1951) is the author of seven volumes of poetry, and two novels. He teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in Iowa City, Iowa.

James Galvin
Born1951 (age 67–68)
Chicago, Il
  • Poet
  • novelist
  • teacher
ResidenceIowa City, Iowa, Tie Siding, Wyoming
EducationAntioch College
University of Iowa
Notable worksResurrection Update: Collected Poems 1975-1997 (1997)
The Meadow


James Galvin was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1951 and was raised in Northern Colorado. He earned a BA from Antioch College in 1974 and a MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1977.[1] [2]

After receiving his MFA, Galvin taught at Murray State University in Kentucky for two years and Humboldt State University in California for three years. He later joined the faculty at the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop where he continues to teach each year. [1][2]

Galvin has published seven poetry collections and a compilation of his work, Resurrection Update: Collected Poems 1975–1997 (Copper Canyon Press, 1997). Galvin is also the author of the prose book The Meadow (Henry Holt, 1992), which recounts the hundred-year history of a ranch on the ColoradoWyoming border;[3] and the novel Fencing the Sky (Henry Holt, 1999), about the destruction of rangelands and concomitant social changes in the western United States.[4]

Galvin has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.[5]

Galvin divides his time between Iowa City, and Wyoming.[2]


Selected poetry collectionsEdit


  • The Meadow (Henry Holt, 1992)
  • Fencing the Sky (Henry Holt, 1999)


  1. ^ a b "James Galvin". Writing University. University of Iowa. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "James Galvin b 1951". Poetry foundation. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  3. ^ "The Meadow". Kirkus Reviews. February 15, 1992. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Fencing the Sky". Kirkus Reviews. August 15, 1999. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "poet James Galvin". Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  6. ^ "James Galvin 2002 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry". Lannan. Retrieved 23 November 2018.