James Richardson

Constance W. Hassett

James Richardson’s recent collections include During (Copper Canyon, 2016), which received the the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award as the best book in progress; By the Numbers: Poems and Aphorisms (Copper Canyon, 2010), a Publishers Weekly “Best Book of 2010” and a finalist for the National Book Award; Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms (Copper Canyon, 2004), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays (Copper Canyon, 2001). Richardson’s poems, microlyrics, aphorisms, and ten-second essays appear in The New Yorker, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The Nation, The American Poetry Review, AGNI, The Yale Review, Poetry Daily, Great American Prose Poems, and Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists. His work also appears in Short Flights, Short Circuits: Aphorisms, Fragments and Literary Anomalies, and several Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Born in Florida and raised in the suburbs of New York, he has taught at the University of Virginia, Harvard, Columbia, and since 1980, Princeton. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and first reader, the scholar-critic Constance W. Hassett. They have two daughters, one an editor and poet, one a professor of criminal justice.


Awards and Honors

Finalist, National Book Award

Pushcart Prize

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award

Jackson Poetry Prize

Literature Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship

Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America

Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award, Poetry Society of America

Robert H. Winner Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America

Alice Fay di Castagnola Prize, Poetry Society of America