James Nolan

James Nolan is a widely published fiction writer, poet, essayist, and translator. He has translated Pablo Neruda’s Stones of the Sky (Copper Canyon Press) and Longing: Selected Poems of Jaime Gil de Biedma (City Lights Books), along with the Mexican poet Alberto Blanco and the Cuban poets Francisco Morán and Norge Espinosa for City Lights anthologies. His twelfth book, Nasty Water: Collected New Orleans Poems (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press), was published in 2018, and his recent Flight Risk: Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy (University Press of Mississippi) won the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Best Memoir. His fiction includes You Don’t Know Me: New and Selected Stories (winner of the 2015 Independent Publisher Gold Medal in Southern Fiction), the novel Higher Ground (awarded a Faulkner-Wisdom Gold Medal), and Perpetual Care and Other Stories. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Fulbright Program, and has taught at universities in San Francisco, Florida, Barcelona, Madrid, and Beijing, as well as in his native New Orleans.

Books by this author


William Faulkner-William Wisdom Gold Medal

Next Generation Indie Book Award

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship

Fulbright Fellowship