John Shoptaw

John Shoptaw

Continuing Lecturer
Wheeler Hall, room 476
M 2-3, W 11:30-12:30, & by appt
jshoptaw@berkeley.edu


Professional Statement

If you're not a green poet, whatever other kind of poet you are, you're not paying attention.

An interview with me about my book of poems, Times Beach, is on Wheeler Column:  <http://wheelercolumn.berkeley.edu/2016/07/13/john-shoptaw-wins-2016-northern-california-book-award-discusses-winning-book-times-beach/>

 



Specialties

Books

Title Fields
On the Outside Looking Out:  John Ashbery's Poetry On the Outside Looking Out: John Ashbery's Poetry
A study of Ashbery's books of poems from Some Trees through Flow Chart.....
Times Beach Times Beach
“Times Beach is, like most interesting American books, an original. It’s about a place, the watershed of the Mississippi River, and it is an ecopoetics. Best, perhaps, to think of it as a hybrid of Hart Crane, the depression photographs of Dorothea Lange, and a nineteenth-century lantern show—they called them ‘panoramas’—of the human and environmental history of our mightiest river system. It com....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

"Least Concern" (poem) Poetry (September 2016) <https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/detail/90296>

"Why Ecopoetry" (essay) Poetry (January 2016) <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/>

Times Beach (book of poems) (Notre Dame UP 2015)

"Blues Haiku" (poem) The New Yorker (2011)

"Dickinson's Civil War Poetics" The Emily Dickinson Journal (2011)

Our American Cousin (Eric Sawyer opera with my libretto) BMOP Sound CD (2008)

"Listening to Dickinson" Representations 86 (Spring 2004)

"Lyric Cryptography" Poetics Today 21 (2000)

 



Current Research

Environmental poetry and poetics, ecopoetic criticism and theory.

Emily Dickinson's environmental poetics.

A new book of poems.



Recent English Courses Taught

Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
143B/2 Verse Creative Writing Workshops
166/5 Special Topics: Emily Dickinson American Literature
Poetry
Special Topics
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
143B/1 Verse Creative Writing Workshops
Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
143B/1 Verse Creative Writing Workshops
Fall, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
143B/1 Verse Poetry
Creative Writing Workshops
190/1 Research Seminar: Emily Dickinson American Literature
Poetry
Research Seminars
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
143B/1 Verse Creative Writing Workshops
Fall, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
143B/1 Verse Poetry
Creative Writing Workshops
190/6 Research Seminar: Emily Dickinson American Literature
Poetry
Research Seminars

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