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Name  James Nolan

Role  Poet
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Books  Interpretation, You Don't Know Me: New and, Perpetual Care: Stories, Higher Ground, Teacher Supervision and Eval

James Nolan is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and translator. A regular contributor to Boulevard, his work has appeared in New Orleans Noir (Akashic Books), Utne Reader, The Washington Post, and Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse among other magazines, anthologies, and newspapers. He has translated the work of Spanish-language poets Pablo Neruda and Jaime Gil de Biedma. Nolan is a fifth-generation native of New Orleans and lives in the French Quarter.



Nolan received his PhD from the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Cruz) and has gone on to teach Literature and Creative Writing at universities in Florida, San Francisco, Barcelona, Madrid, and Beijing. Until recently, he was the Writer-in-Residence at New Orleans' Tulane and Loyola Universities, where he directed the Loyola Writing Institute. Nolan currently teaches creative writing for the Arts Council of New Orleans.

He has been the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant and two Fulbright Fellowships. His collection of short stories, Perpetual Care, won the 2007 Jefferson Press Prize and the 2009 Next-Generation Indie Book Award for Best Short Story Collection. Nolan was awarded the 2008 Faulkner–Wisdom Gold Medal in the novel category for the manuscript of his first novel Higher Ground, and his most recent short story collection, You Don't Know Me, won the 2015 Independent Publishers Gold Medal in Southern Fiction.


  • Why I Live In The Forest, Wesleyan University Press, 1974 (ISBN 0-8195-1074-2)
  • What Moves Is Not The Wind, Wesleyan University Press, 1980 (ISBN 0-8195-1099-8)
  • Drunk on Salt, Willow Springs Editions, 2015 (ISBN 978-0-9832317-4-5)
  • Poetry in Translation

  • Pablo Neruda, Stones Of The Sky, Copper Canyon Press, 2002 (ISBN 1-5565-9006-7)
  • Jaime Gil de Biedma, Longing: Selected Poems, City Lights Books, 1993 (ISBN 1-55659-170-5)
  • Fiction

  • Perpetual Care: Stories, Jefferson Press, 2008 (ISBN 0-9800-1641-X)
  • Higher Ground: A Novel, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2011 (ISBN 978-1-891053-52-8)
  • You Don't Know Me: New and Selected Stories, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2015 (ISBN 978-1-935754-34-3)
  • Essays and Criticism

  • Poet-Chief: The Native American Poetics of Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda, University of New Mexico Press, 1994, (ISBN 0-8263-1484-8)
  • Fumadores en manos de un dios enfurecido: Ensayos a caballo entre varios mundos, 2005, Madrid: Enigma Editores (ISBN 84-609-5844-2)
  • References

    James Nolan (author) Wikipedia