James Shea

Assistant Professor of English
(402) 465-2349
jshea [at] NebrWesleyan.edu
Old Main 314

James Shea is the author of Star in the Eye, selected for the Fence Modern Poets Series and named as a "Favorite Book of 2008" by the Chicago Sun-Times. His work has appeared in various journals, including Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, and The Iowa Review. His translations of Japanese poetry can be found in The Iowa Review, Circumference, and Gin’yu. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago's MFA Program in Poetry, DePaul University, and as a poet-in-residence in the Chicago public schools, where he received the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was included recently in the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets series, and his second collection, The Lost Novel, is forthcoming from Fence Books. He is currently on leave as a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong.


MEXT Research Fellowship, Utsunomiya University, Japan
MFA, The University of Iowa
BA, summa cum laude, Loyola University Chicago

Courses taught: 

Advanced Poetry Workshop
Beginning Poetry Workshop
Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Nonfiction from a Poet’s Perspective
Studies in Poetry: Poetics from Plato to Pound
Masterpieces of Literature: Writing the Self
Masterpieces of Literature: Families and Relationships
Modern Japanese Culture through Literature and Film
English Language and Writing