John Yau

Eve Aschheim

John Yau is the author of thirteen books of poetry, including Radiant Silhouette: New & Selected Work 1974–1988 (1989), Borrowed Love Poems (2002), Ing Grish (2005), Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012), and, most recently, Bijoux in the Dark (2018). A fiction writer and art critic, he has also published monographs and books of criticism, including Wifredo Lam: Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work: 1961–1982 (2002), A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (2008), Joan Mitchell: Trees (2014), Catherine Murphy (2016) Thomas Nozkowski (2017), Philip Taaffe (2018), and The Wild Children of William Blake (2017). His reviews and criticism appear in the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend. He has received awards and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for Arts, the Academy of American Poets, the New York Foundation of the Arts, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and has been named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. In 2018 he was awarded the Jackson Poetry Prize, which “honors an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.” His poetry has been translated into French, German, Portuguese, and Mandarin. He lives in New York City.

Awards and Honors

Jackson Poetry Prize, 2018

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2006

New York Foundation for the Arts Awards, 1988, 1998

Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award, Academy of American Poets, 1988

National Poetry Series selection, 1983

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, 1976