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 I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion