James Arthur was born in Connecticut and grew up in Canada. He is the author of the poetry collection The Suicide's Son, forthcoming in Spring 2019 from Véhicule Press. His debut, Charms Against Lightning, is available from Copper Canyon Press. His chapbook Hundred Acre Wood was published in 2018 by Anstruther Press.
Arthur's 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 Discovery/The Nation Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Northern Ireland, and a visiting fellowship at Exeter College, Oxford. He teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.