Berkeley English Faculty

John Shoptaw

John Shoptaw

Continuing Lecturer

Wheeler Hall, room 476
on leave, 2023

Professional Statement

For the past several years I've been writing and teaching ecopoetry and ecopoetics.  In the spring of 2024 I'll be teaching a research seminar on Emily Dickinson.

Keats:  "The poetry of earth is never dead."

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Near-Earth Object

A book of environmentally attuned poems with a foreword by Jenny Odell.   ....(read more)

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

--"Whoa!" (long poem), Arion:  A Journal of Humanities and the Classics (Spring/Summer 2019)

"Whoa!" reprinted, along with an essay on Ovid and the poem, in Ovid's Metamorphoses and the Environmental Imagination, eds.Giulia Sissa and Francesca Martelli (Bloomsbury Publishing, summer 2023).

--"The Tree in the Midst" reprinted in Tree Lines:  21st Century American Poems, eds. Jennifer Barber, Jessica Greenbaum, Fred Marchant (Grayson Books, 2022).

--"A Climate-Changed Ecopoetics" (essay):  Natur in der Lyrik und Philosophie des Anthropozäns, eds. Kirstin Zeyer, Kenricke Stahl, Harald Schwaetzer (Aschendorff Verlag, Trier, Germany, 2022).

--"Ecovaluation" (essay), Evaluations of US Poetry Since 1950, eds. Robert von Hallberg and Robert Faggen (U of New Mexico Press, 2021).  

--"The Tree in the Midst" and "For the Birds" (poems), Poetry Magazine (April 2020).

--"A Tree's Shade Speaks of its Shadow" (poem), Kenyon Review (May/June 2019).

--"Pangolin Scales" (poem), Republic of Apples, Democracy of Oranges:  New Eco-poetry from China and the United States (Manoa Journal, 2019)

--"Round County Almanac" (poem), The Wallace Stevens Journal (Spring 2019)"Near-Earth Object" (poem) Poetry Magazine (2019): 

on the poem:

--"Why Ecopoetry?" Poetry Magazine (Jan 2016)

 --"Least Concern" (poem) Poetry Magazine (September 2016)

--"Dickinson's Civil War Poetics" The Emily Dickinson Journal (2010)

--"Listening to Dickinson" Representations 86 (Spring 2004)

--"Lyric Cryptography" Poetics Today 21 (2000)


Current Research

"The Poems of our Climate" (essay).

English Department Classes