Prof Jon Thompson

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Biography

Jon Thompson is a Professor of English at North Carolina State University where he teaches courses in twentieth-century/contemporary American and British literature. He maintains a particular interest in contemporary poetry and poetics. He did his Ph.D. at LSU and then came as an Assistant Professor to the English Department at NCSU. Before the Ph.D., he took a B.A. and an M.A. at University College, Dublin (his Master's thesis was on the problem of communication in Robert Creeley's poetry).

His current work comes out of his career as a poet, critic and editor. He is the founding editor of the international online journal Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics, launched in 2001 and also the editor of the single-author poetry series, Free Verse Editions, launched in 2005.

Teaching and Research Interests

*Poetry

*The lyric essay

*Authorship

*The fate of American writing

*Literary responses to violence

*Poetry and the visual arts

*Editing poetry in print and online environments

Projects

I've recently completed a collection of poems, Strange Country, which is my third collection. It is slated for publication in late 2016 by Shearsman Books--here

At the moment, my writing is focused on a new manuscript of poems, tentatively titled The Distances, which explores various forms of distance in American life.

My editing work is always ongoing: Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics is an annual and Free Verse Editions, published by Parlor Press, publishes 3-5 original collections (or original translations) each year.

Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics can be found here.

Free Verse Editions can be found here.

 

Publications

Books 

 * Strange Country (forthcoming from Shearsman Books, 2016)

* Landscape with Light (Shearsman Books, 2015)

*After Paradise: Essays on the Fate of American Writing (Shearsman Books, 2009)

*The Book of the Floating World (Expanded edition, Parlor Press, 2007)

*Fiction, Crime and Empire (University of Illinois Press 1993)

 Individual poems published widely in journals such as Colorado Review, Witness, Conjunctions online, Carolina Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Quarterly West, Third Coast, Horizon Review, Vallum Magazine, Shearsman Magazine, New Ohio Review, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Cutbank, Cue, Fascicle and elsewhere.

Essays

Essays in journals such as Identity Theory, Massachusetts Review, Genre, Literature and History and Works and Days

Introduction to D.H. Lawrence's Studies in Classic American Literature (Shearsman, 2011)

Education

  • Ph.D. in Twentieth-century American/British Literature from LSU