Berkeley English Faculty

John Shoptaw

John Shoptaw

Continuing Lecturer

Wheeler Hall, room 476
M 12-2, T 11-12 & by appt

Professional Statement

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

"Near-Earth Object" (poem) (2019): 
with commentary:

"Why Ecopoetry?" (2016)


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 ....(read more)

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.....(read more)

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

"Least Concern" (poem) Poetry (September 2016) <>

"Why Ecopoetry" (essay) Poetry (January 2016) <>

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