David St. John

b. 1949
David St. John

David St. John was born in Fresno, California. He earned his BA at California State University, Fresno and earned his MFA at Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of eleven collections of poetry, including Study for the World’s Body (1994), which was nominated for the National Book Award, and more recently the The Auroras (2012) and The Window (2014). Most recently he wrote The Face: A Novella in Verse (2004). He has received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including both the Rome Fellowship and the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the O.B. Hardison Prize for teaching and poetic achievement from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the George Drury Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from Beyond Baroque. St. John has taught at Oberlin College, Johns Hopkins University, and currently teaches at UCLA.

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What People are Saying

"I learned that no matter how many times I do it, I will still be nervous when I speak in public. I also learned that it is possible to experience the same poem many times in a row and still feel like I am discovering something new about myself through the words of the writer."
Madeleine Schroeder
2017 OH POL Champion