James Arthur was born in Connecticut and grew up in Canada. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, The New York Review of Books, and The London Review of Books. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Stegner Fellowship, a residency at the Amy Clampitt House, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a Fulbright Scholarship to Northern Ireland. Charms Against Lightning, his debut poetry collection, is available from Copper Canyon Press. A chapbook of new poems, Hundred Acre Wood, was published in 2018 by Anstruther Press.
James is an Assistant Professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. During spring 2019, he will be a visiting fellow at Exeter College, Oxford University.