David St. John has been honored over the course of his career with many of the most significant prizes for poets, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, both the Rome Fellowship and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the O. B. Hardison Prize from The Folger Shakespeare Library, and a grant from the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
His work has been published in countless literary magazines, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Harper’s, Antaeus, and The New Republic, and has been widely anthologized. He has taught creative writing at Oberlin College and Johns Hopkins University and currently teaches at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He lives in Venice Beach.
David St. John is the author of six limited edition books and of 10 collections of poetry, including No Heaven (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985); Study for the World’s Body (HarperCollins, 1994), which was nominated for The National Book Award in Poetry; The Red Leaves of the Night (HarperCollins, 1999); Prism (Arctos Press, 2002); The Face: A Novella in Verse (HarperCollins, 2004); and the The Auroras (HarperCollins, 2012).