John Skoyles has published four books of poems, A Little Faith; Permanent Change; Definition of the Soul and The Situation. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Harvard Review, Slate, Yale Review and The Poetry Anthology, 1912 – 2002, among others. He is also the author of two books of nonfiction, Generous Strangers, a collection of personal essays, several of which were broadcast on public radio; and a memoir, Secret Frequencies: A New York Education. His awards include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as fellowships from the New York and North Carolina Arts Councils. In 2003, he became a member of the Order of the Occult Hand while reviewing books for the Associated Press. He has taught at Southern Methodist University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Warren Wilson College, where he directed the MFA program. He is currently Professor in the Writing, Literature and Publishing Department of Emerson College, and the poetry editor of Ploughshares. He is also a member of the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His autobiographical novel, A Moveable Famine, has been recently published by The Permanent Press, and New & Selected Poems is forthcoming Carnegie-Mellon University Press in 2016.
Ploughshares Blog: The Neutral Corner. First post, May 1, 2015:
Second post, July 3, 2015:
13 poems in the American Poetry Review. January/February issue 2015. Cover photo by Shef Reynolds II. Painting by Emilia Dubicki.
David Rigsbee’s essay on A Little Faith, Permanent Change, Definition of the Soul and The Situation is published in The Cortland Review: “And Then Something Like This Happens: On the Poetry of John Skoyles.”
The Associated Press’s Ron Berthel: POET OFFERS LITERARY FEAST IN A MOVEABLE FAMINE
WGBH-TV ‘s Greater Boston panelist Jabari Asim chooses A Moveable Famine as a “must-read book of the summer.”
LIBRARY JOURNAL lists A Moveable Famine in Top Indie Fiction: 30 Key Titles Beyond the Best-Sellers List for Spring/Summer 2014.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY gives A Moveable Famine a starred review and makes it Pick of the Week.
The List in Plume
How My Wine Turned to Water, an op-ed essay in The New York Times
Autobiography in The New Yorker
After Tanikawa; He’s Had It; and The Beech Forest in Hotel Amerika
Cyborg Shenanigans in Devouring the Green: Fear of a Human Planet, an anthology edited by Sam Witt.
Music Appreciation in B O D Y
A Stay at Yaddo in Five Points, reprinted in Poetry Daily